I've done a lot of riding on roads, both dirt country roads and on the side of country highways. It is a risk, yes, but you can do several things to minimise that risk:
A.) If you are going to be afraid, don't do it as your horse will sense your apprehension and will in turn be fearful.
B.) Leg yielding is your friend, make sure that your horse will move off your leg without hesitation, this is the best way to ensure you stay on the side of the road and do not interfere with traffic.
C.) Test your horse out on a quiet road and see how he/she responds to cars driving past, tractors and other unusual things you may encounter etc. You may be surprised at what your horse balks at! For example my grey girl couldn't care less about cars whizzing past her but a wheelie bin or letter box? Apparently they were horse eating monsters to her.
All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl.
Last edited by sarahver; 07-28-2011 at 12:33 PM.