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    07-29-2011, 04:11 PM
Green Broke
Oh and one more thing..if you feel uncomfortable I would walk your horse across the road or take her for walks on the road to see how she does.
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    07-29-2011, 04:51 PM
Thanks everyone for the advice! My horse isn't all that bad with riding on the road! We just road up and down my driveway with cars going by (my driveway is fairly long) and he didn't make a fuss or anything. I think he will do great when we actually get up to the road road part (;.

My question right now is..how far have some of you gone riding on the road? Also have you ever had people yell or honk or holler at you?
    07-29-2011, 05:00 PM
LOL, I can be gone all day long and never leave a road. And yep, had people hoot and holler and honk at me. The thing that bothers me the most is when truckers wait until they are right beside you before applying their jake-brakes. Even if it doesn't scare the horse, it startles me every time .
    07-29-2011, 05:27 PM
I have ridden probably 8 miles at times on our gravel roads.. Pretty rural and mostly locals so we don't have much trouble with the traffic. Good hoof boots or shoes for the horses as some gravel roads are unkind to barehooves, depending on the horse.
    07-29-2011, 05:47 PM
Bikes worry my horses more than cars/trucks. At least with cars and such you can hear them coming - bikes are so quiet until they zoom past with that weird whirring noise!

We have to ride past an industrial area to get to most places, so our horses are used to trucks, tractors, cement mixers, recycling machines...
    07-29-2011, 06:51 PM
Green Broke
I've road about a mile on the road....there is this scary llama in the area I am at now....scares both of us.
    07-29-2011, 07:01 PM
OMG, I think that llamas are the universal monster with gnashing teeth and reaching claws when it comes to horses. I've yet to ride a horse that wasn't absolutely terrified the first time they saw one, even old broke horses.
    07-29-2011, 11:57 PM
And Emu's too
    07-30-2011, 05:37 AM
Wikdey loves llamas! He likes to have scratches with them! Donkeys, too...
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    07-30-2011, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by wetrain17    
And as a word of advice, look out for those motocycles. My horse hates them, especially when they are Harleys and they travel in packs.
My wife's horse, Copper, loves to race them, whether she really wants him to or not. When they come in a big group, the noise and the headlights seem to freak out all of ours out, even Copper.
Originally Posted by lilruffian    
Just watch out for traffic of course and if you see a car coming, just bring your horse to the side of the road and make him stand & watch the vehicle coming.
I think it is better to keep them moving at a walk, but also give them something to do to keep their focus on you not the vehicles. Stopping lets them focus fully on the vehicle which lets them use their instincts which would be to RUN!
Originally Posted by Jessskater    
My advice is to take your time and lead the horse first. Find a patch of grass and let her eat while the cars go by. Eventually she will not mind the cars at all and you can ride.
Excellent advice. Start a good distance away and slower work your way closer.
Originally Posted by eowyn    
My question right now is..how far have some of you gone riding on the road? Also have you ever had people yell or honk or holler at you?
We ride on gravel roads a lot and sometimes along a busy highway. We've gone up to 10 miles along a road at a time. In general, most people do slow down to pass but there are idiots that won't. We've had many people honk and wave. If we ride along the highway, we stay in the ditch if at all possible. On gravel roads, we will ride on the opposite side of where the vehicle is.

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