Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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!
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