Riding along roads with big trucks - The Horse Forum
 8Likes
  • 4 Post By Darrin
  • 1 Post By bsms
  • 1 Post By Iseul
  • 1 Post By Roux
  • 1 Post By smrobs
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 11
• Horses: 0
Riding along roads with big trucks

Hi everyone,

It has been a long cold winter here in Ontario and after four looooooong months I finally got out for a few rides. My hubby and I have been riding on side roads which is new territory for us and the horses. We have been leading them along a busy road and mounting on the side road. Both horses are fine along the road with vehicles going by.
The other day we were on the side road, that does not have much of a shoulder, especially with the snow banks. There was a vehicle coming towards us, that stopped at a safe distance as there was a large fuel tanker truck that just turned up the road and was coming behind us. We got our horses off the road down a driveway. Both were becoming nervous with the noise of the tanker truck. We kept talking to them, kept as calm as possible and the truck passed. We went back on the road and were fine!!
I had my horse facing down the driveway and he refused to move farther ahead. We were only approx. 6 feet off the road. Should I have turned him around to face the truck? We will be riding on this road again and there will be trucks as their office is on this road. I would like to desensitize him to this ASAP.
Bambaura is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 01:37 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,471
• Horses: 2
By your horses reactions I would say it wont take long to desensitize them. I normally turn my horse to face traffic when I get out of the way.
smrobs, bsms, 6gun Kid and 1 others like this.
Darrin is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 02:53 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Posts: 9,066
• Horses: 4
Maybe walk them on a lead line until they are bored by the trucks? At least that way, they cannot jump in front of a truck WITH you...
SammysMom likes this.

"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."
bsms is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 03:00 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 3,411
• Horses: 1
Yes, we always turn to face traffic when off the road in a layby. Can you take your horses to a safe area where they can meet large vehicles in a controlled environment? (a busy barn / yard).
Clava is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 03:39 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,789
• Horses: 1
I just hopped on mine and hoped she'd be fine with the tractor trailers since she's fine with a pickup/trailer combo. Well, she backed out in front of a fully loaded tractor trailer and almost killed us both. Never again have I let her stand with her back end towards traffic. I can keep her from going forwards, but I can only do so much about her going backwards (don't carry a whip).

Though, down the roads with weight limits (the odd combo that decides to risk DOT out of service being the only vehicles larger than 20k#), I usually just ride along with traffic and generally don't stop unless it's one of the dump trucks (she's not scared, I just don't want to push them over the center line) or a truck with a large trailer. In which case, I face her towards traffic so she can see what's going on. I'm sure if I walked into a driveway and left her facing away while traffic passed she would probably spook and fly backwards to see it (she's stupid and won't just turn her head around or spin the other direction)..just like what happened with our first encounter with a tractor trailer. o.o' I'm still thanking everything that the driver swerved around us..I'd have been mortified to find he lost his job and life due to my horse jumping out in front of him (obviously I'd have found out as a ghost or something, haha).

Anywho, after our tractor trailer incident, I will not keep her on the road if she's going to put not only our lives, but the lives of other motorists at risk. If that driver would've hit us, he would've lost his job and probably went to jail for manslaughter..and seeing as I would've been dead, I wouldn't even be able to take the blame for it so he could still provide for his family. Basically, as I ramble on and on, what I'm saying is, while you're getting the horses traffic safe, be extra cautious. I never even thought about her causing harm to someone else aside from me..until I had that experience. I'm now ALWAYS paying attention to every little detail, which I'm sure you are as well. I, on the otherhand, was not until I experienced my near death moment. To this day, I still thank everything that he swerved to avoid me and that there was no oncoming traffic. On the other hand, I wouldn't have felt a bit bad had the car following 6" from his tailgate just barely clipped my arm or something..I wouldn't have felt bad about taking everything he had. I mean really, if you see a semi swerve..do you really think a little Focus could take on what they were swerving to avoid??? LOL
But yeah..I'll stop rambling now. Good luck!
Posted via Mobile Device
SammysMom likes this.
Iseul is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 04:55 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 1,032
• Horses: 1
I think it is best practice to turn your horse to face what ever could be potentially frighting. That way they can see it coming and can rationalize what it is. Worst case scenario then is they could spin and take off the other way which you should be able to handle with a one-reign stop etc.
SammysMom likes this.

Angus (Gus) - 18yr Pinto (Est. 2013)
Now we're seeing spots! Winsome Warrior - 4.5yr Appy (Est. 2016)
Roux is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 05:32 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Midwest
Posts: 182
• Horses: 3
Yes always good to face
Horsnaround64 is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 06:24 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,141
• Horses: 24
Agreed, if you aren't exactly sure how they'll react, then I also believe it's best to face them in the general direction of the scary thing so that they can get a good look at it.

I also agree with Darrin, the fact that you were able to stay so close to the road and have the semi go by without freaking them out is a big plus. It won't take hardly anything to get them desensitized to it all. Just more exposure is all it will take. Also, remember to keep yourself calm and relaxed; if you start getting nervous about what the horse might do, then you run the risk of making the horse nervous and basically talking him into misbehaving LOL.
phantomhorse13 likes this.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 02-28-2014, 05:39 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Posts: 1,498
• Horses: 3
My horse likes to turn her butt towards car and truck noises. I think she's getting ready to let the giant scary beasts have it with her hooves. :)

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare
ecasey is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 03-01-2014, 09:15 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Ontario
Posts: 6,166
• Horses: 5
My horse is fine with anything going down the road except for things that are taller than she is: cube vans, school buses, tractor trailers, rvs... No matter how many times she sees them, she still just doesn't like them. So, I've long since given up - I just take the ditch and keep riding. As long as she has about 20 feet between her and the vehicle she's OK.

I used to turn her to face them as well, thinking it would help, but it never did, so all I do now is turn her so she sees it coming, then keep riding --- but in the ditch.
NorthernMama is offline  
Reply

Tags
large trucks , road hack

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Females and big trucks DancingArabian Horse Tack and Equipment 56 01-22-2013 03:01 PM
Riding on the roads BethWitton Horse Training 8 08-23-2012 11:00 AM
Anyone got any tips/experiences for riding alongside roads? Ian McDonald Trail Riding 76 08-08-2012 05:00 AM
Riding on roads... NahaniDawg Horse Law 26 09-15-2011 05:51 AM
Roads? RedTree Trail Riding 14 04-13-2010 10:44 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome