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    08-20-2011, 04:05 PM
  #51
Foal
Always always be cautious and NEVER get too comfortable on the road no matter what your horse is usually like. And be extra careful on blacktop driveways that are SEALEd. SUPER SLIPPERY!

Never assume you will HEAR a car coming either.

( a car almost slammed into me from behind. And stopped about a foot from my horses hocks. We only heard the car because of the screeching brakes.)

I always remember to be cautious now because...

We galloped down a road ON ACCIDENT! Me and my friend were heading BACK from a trailride down rt 303 in richfield (notorious for semi's and cars going fast, with sewer grates on each side of road)

My friends horse always looked at the sewer grates (and gave little crow hops at motorcyles that came too close! ) While Dillon remained unfazed...most of the times out well one day she was saying how wonderful dillon was on the road and we were in a section of the road that the lawns start rising over out heads.

Well right then a black dog came out barking from overhead on one of the lawn. Well that was too much for Dillon,a predator came bursting out above his head!

So Dillon started galloping down the Center of 303!

Along with patrick who fed off him. And we pulled out RIGHT INFRONT OF A TRUCK! We continued to gallop like that for about 300ft maybe (seemed like an eternity ) while I was thinking I can't turn him sharply because we are on ASPHALT he will slip and I can't pull back abruptly he will probably slip too! So I yelled at my friend GO FOR THE GRASS! And my friend replied what grass!? And I said THERE are DIRT DRIVEWAY as soon as we hit the dirt drive we stopped them without a problem.

Later on I found out my friend saw all the cars on 303 separate off the road likethe red sea! LOL I remember looking at all that road ahead and thinking ^&$# NO!

I proceeded to get back to the barn, cold hosed each leg for like 15 mins and poultice. :P
     
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    08-20-2011, 04:11 PM
  #52
Foal
Also try to ride the furthest off the road as possible. (obvious one)

Horses DO have the right away. But don't trust ANY driver to know that or respect it!

If you have a friend that will drive her car by you at slow speed at first then normal speed, then a little faster. Practice before you're on your horse.

Once comfortable with that tell your friend to beep their horn past your horse (i would start in the driveway or closed section and not on the actual road if you can) my dad's friend that was a horsewoman for MANY years was killed because a group of teenagers when they blew their horn past her on the road)

We also have come across firecrackers! (i was on a spooky horse and we were on asphalt and almost went down, he did a 360 and I felt him catch his hindend while he was slipping)

We reported it to the police and he was a known trouble maker and that was on a side street. With hardly no cars.

So desensize your horse to many sounds beforehand.
     
    08-20-2011, 10:21 PM
  #53
Yearling
I don't ride anything on the road because I am scared of crazy drivers, everything from people texting/talking on phones to drunks. Several people at my barn have been riding the county roads in the area lately with no incident. Last night they were going out again, and I thought, why not? So I grabbed Nessie's bridle and we were off. Leaving the property gate, I thought, OK this is not smart... first time out with this mare, bareback, and at dusk. She was awesome, had no nervousness at all except a little when we left the property. She stared at mailboxes, a pile of what looked like rocks in someone's yard. Three cars passed, two from behind & one coming towards us. We pulled over and stopped for the cars. She couldn't have cared less. Lots of barking dogs.
Dug my helmet out of the closet last night, planning to go back out with them again this a.m. But I overslept and didn't go. I think I'll just go in the mornings from now on, it is just safer here where I live.
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    08-21-2011, 02:20 PM
  #54
Trained
I ride in a ditch close to the highway on our way to our favorite dirt road ride. The dirt roads are open for vehicles, but there are rarely any there. If I were to cross the highway, I would consider leading my horse across. Our horses are pretty used to trucks going by so there is really not a problem. I did have one guy try to run me over intentionally. I pulled out my .38 and pointed it his direct. Changed his attitude immediately. I suspect that he destroyed his transmission going from fast forward to sudden reverse. I later found out that the same man had pulled a huge knife out and threated an old man near us, and then pushed the old man into a ditch. He is a total nutcase.
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    08-21-2011, 03:27 PM
  #55
Foal
Most motorcyclists around here are old doctors and are very polite when it comes to passing the horses and surprisingly enough, young boys will always slow down and swing wide, waving as they do. The worst in my area are young late teens-early 20's girls who will FLY past us and not even bat and eyelash! And old people....gah, its like they see people on horses and think "The faster I go, the less likely they are to spook!" Ha...apparently none of them have ever had 1300 lbs of flesh on their windshield and a very pissed off rider to deal with.

My worst road riding experience was my parents and 2 of our friends were riding down a very small, backwoods type road to go to our family cemetery for Decoration. Everyone knows not to speed down that road but these people came FLYING down a hill while my appy and I were trying to get across and when he sees them coming, my gelding just stopped dead in the center and looked at them. They barked their brakes and slid sideways because they were coming down that curvy hill going at least 50-55 mph, which is dangerous any way because you can't see well on that road and its practically a friggin dirt road! When they got by, they just waved, gave a goofy grin and drove on. I'm super protective of my old appy and if anything had happened to him, if I would've been able, they would've have some broken noses. If I would have had a rock, I would have totally smashed their back windshield. They passed us 3 more times that day (3 times in an hour....seriously?!) and each time, they were flying and driving like maniacs. I don't know what their deal was, but my whole riding posse had had enough. >:[
     
    08-21-2011, 03:32 PM
  #56
Foal
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Originally Posted by Celeste    
I ride in a ditch close to the highway on our way to our favorite dirt road ride. The dirt roads are open for vehicles, but there are rarely any there. If I were to cross the highway, I would consider leading my horse across. Our horses are pretty used to trucks going by so there is really not a problem. I did have one guy try to run me over intentionally. I pulled out my .38 and pointed it his direct. Changed his attitude immediately. I suspect that he destroyed his transmission going from fast forward to sudden reverse. I later found out that the same man had pulled a huge knife out and threated an old man near us, and then pushed the old man into a ditch. He is a total nutcase.

Yeah, those .38s can be super persuasive
     
    08-21-2011, 05:22 PM
  #57
Trained
Should have invited me riding that day............
I live within 20 miles of Jeff Foxworthy's home town........
     
    08-21-2011, 10:25 PM
  #58
Foal
I know this post has been going on for a while and is oldish but I would like to share.
I live on 47 acres but most if it is wooded. I live in pretty much the middle of nowhere, but I ride on all of the roads around me.. I actually prefer them to trails a lot of the time. My horses are really good with traffic even when I ride on the suuuuper busy main roads, so that is definitely a plus. I am super comfortable on the roads with my horses, and while I do race cars occasionally I am always very alert and never check out. If I sense any danger I either step off the road or get off. It never hurts to be super cautious
     
    08-22-2011, 09:03 AM
  #59
Yearling
My mare and I have covered many many miles of our country roads over the 16 years we've been each other's. We would usually be out riding for 4-6 hours at a time. There is very little traffic this far out in the country where we live so that was never a problem. Even when we did encounter a car, truck, tractor and on one occasion a semi-tractor 18 wheeler cattle hauler my Candy did never got spooky or scared. Then there was the time we came across one of those big yellow road graders that was parked. Candy wasn't afraid of it, in fact she wanted to investigate it.

When out riding the roads do be aware of possible hazards lurking on the road-side and in ditches with tall grass. Glass bottles whether broken or still intact and stepped on can cause nasty cuts to the legs. One case in point: A local owner of a very classy bred Arabian was riding in a roadside ditch and his horse stepped on a broken glass bottle. It did sever the tendon of the left front leg. With a lot of treatment and a special made brace and shoe the horse did recover, but was never sound again.
     
    08-22-2011, 12:42 PM
  #60
Trained
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Originally Posted by Ohhkierst    
I ride down my road all the time. We live in the country. But I usually stay on the side in the grass.. only on the road when I have to be. I have shoes on my horse so the first time one the road we slipped a bit, just its back feet sliding. So I would start by walking your horse from the ground to make sure your horse gets it's footing. Also I started my horse to get used to being round cars by pulling my car around to the barn or walking him by running cars. Start small and work your way up. Make sure you can drive around your property with your horse in sight. Its not everyday they see a big metal horse coming their way. Once I was able to do circles around my horse in our truck I felt it was time to go out on the road. And we even ride to the gas station now. He doesn't mind a bit!
You are probably safe enough riding on CR's, like where I now live. But before I moved to have my horses in the back yard, I spent 14 years boarding at a place where the owner kept shrinking our riding areas, finally down to almost nothing, and my DH and I took to crossing a BUSY rural highway and riding on the side of other CR's. I hated it.
I now live on the westmost road in a town of 200. I found 5 acres with a REAL house, and my 250ft x 310ft north pasture is PLENTY big enough to work a horse. My neighbors who rev up their bikes most weekends are doing me a great favor desensitizing my colts to motorcycles. I've been around the block LONG ENOUGH to know that we have nasty drivers on the roads who like to do mean-spirited things like drive faster JUSTto run over birds and squirrels and raccoons and possoms. THOSE people wouldn't mind miscalculating and hitting you AND your good horse!! I don't want to be
A N Y WHERE near these people with my seasoned horse and with my horse in training, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
PLEASE be as careful as you can when you choose where to ride.
     

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