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post #41 of 44 Old 07-22-2008, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares
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I rode on County Road 13 today. It's quite busy, but every motorcycle that passed us, slowed and made sure they didn't make excess noise. Very nice. I make sure to wave and smile and say thank you. And steady Ming never even looked at them. Thank God for a sensible horse.
Quite to my surprise when I started riding a lot on the road, I've had the same experience...folks with motorcycles have always been very courteous and considerate. Perhaps the car is our common enemy
That's what I think too, I'm always appreciative. 4-wheelers can be the same way, quiet and considerate, but not always. :)
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post #42 of 44 Old 10-19-2008, 10:57 AM
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Here in Switzerland we have to have a license to ride on the road. Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 or over.
I ride on the road to get from point A to point B usually, however, there are times I do a "desensitizing" ride into town just to make sure my horses are able to accept different situations. My two biggest obstacles here are the cows with big bells on that come running to the fence to see you (usually the young ones but all cows here wear BIG bells around their necks). My mare is finally, after 3 years, calming down a bit. She wants to "flight" not "fight" and does not mind cows without bells at all. The other is flags blowing in the wind right when you come up to them. Cars, tractors, trucks, trains, helicopters, skiers, dogs, quads, deer, problem.
Luckily people don't throw much out of the car around here......the Swiss do have their clean ways
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post #43 of 44 Old 10-19-2008, 02:14 PM
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You have to have a license to ride a horse on the road? Wow
We rarely ride on paved roads. Although the road we live on is paved and semi-busy. We are on a corner with a dirt road to the side.
We put a ride through gate from our pasture to the dirt road so that makes it nice.
Vida is also a little afraid of flags and I'm sure if a cow with a big bell came running over she would have a scare

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post #44 of 44 Old 10-20-2008, 07:04 AM
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The license process is in depth. It is 6 to 8 weekends of theoretical and practical with a certified instructor You study health, feeding, emergency and first aid, horse structure and equipment, law, traffic rules, etc. etc. Then there is the weekend of "the test". There are 2 judges and you have to orally answer questions and then you have to show your riding skills. My husband and I took the Western but there is also English, Driving, Trail Riding (I think there are also different levels). For the Western we had to dress appropriately and present in-hand at the walk and trot, then mount and perform all gaits and transitions, lead changes, back with turns, side passes, circles, serpentines and navigate trail obstacles. Frankly, it was quite daunting and intense for me as I had to do it in French too. At the end of your performance you have to wait and then the judges call you in and talk with you about what you did right and wrong. Out of our group of 10 only 5 passed. Mostly because of horse training issues. Not only is it time consuming but it is expensive too. You have to "renew" your license every year and it is required for sanctioned competition shows such as AQHA.
At the end you get a card, certificate and a pin to wear. Children can take it when they are 10 years old. Mostly kids take it so they can show since you have to be a licensed 18 or with a licensed adult to ride on the road.
I've never been checked and I don't know anyone who has. I suppose you could get into trouble if there was an accident and you didn't have your license.
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