Originally Posted by Nine
Are the horseback regulations and signals different from bicycles?
They differ by state...and, at least in North Carolina are very vague...the few that exist are mainly from the days of the early cars around the 1930s.
Per the NC Department of Transportation, horses are not vehicles (or bicycles) and not pedestrians either (they didn't have a category for what they were, though). You are allowed to ride on any state road except controlled access road (like freeways) and you can use the whole lane if you want. There are no helmet laws and DUI/DWI laws do not apply (for those that like to drink and ride). That was about it...except you do NOT have to pick up your manure from the road
Don't expect the police/sheriff to know the laws either..when I asked, they told me that they really didn't know and that no one else had ever asked them. I pass them all the time on the road and they just wave.
BTW, watch out for speeders, blind curves, and jerks who intentionally try to spook your horse.