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    08-02-2014, 07:56 PM
  #11
Green Broke
I, personally, cannot afford a trailer. Not to mention, there's no parking for a trailer, it's personal land owned by the neighbours that have given us permission. I would absolutely love to have a trailer and the fuel money to trailer on rides 5-7 days a week, but it's just so terribly unfeasible.

I definitely understand where you're coming from and refuse to cross over to some very good trails because of the road we have to cross there. It's a state route that semi's frequent and there's a very sharp blind bend on it that I'm not going to ask my mare to canter around, nor can I walk off the road (literally no shoulder or grassy spot at all, just straight-up hillsides). So, I do understand to a point, but it's just not feasible to trailer to the park (with all flat, boring trails) when there's perfect ones about 200 yards up the road. I definitely can't see my mare coming to harm (joint/bone wise) from the short amounts, we usually don't canter very far at all..and it's very rare that any of our horses trot. It's just not a gait we really use, so it takes work to get a trot instead of an instant lope as well.

I'm also going to try and get to one of the borough meetings as well and try to explain a bit better to them why we want the signs.
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    08-02-2014, 08:06 PM
  #12
Weanling
Good luck to you
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    08-02-2014, 08:14 PM
  #13
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I had a horse take off with me out of the blue on a paved road, he went to turn while he had bolted and his feet came out from under him, pinning me under his body, skidded across the road, got his legs tangled in a guard rail, hit by a car then got up and drug me 20 feet down the road.

The horse was so messed up afterwards he had to be put down months later because he just wasn't right in the head. I was so beat up I spent 3 weeks in the hospital with multiple breaks and fractures, almost had to have my spleen removed, a severe concussion and internal bleeding. To this day my left hip is still not right and I will likely face a hip replacement(this was 15 years ago), I still have serious scars and had I not been wearing my helmet and full chaps the doctor said I would be dead.

Riding at more then a walk on a paved road(and I only do it to get to the trails) scares the hell out of me. And I think it is seriously irresponsible.
     
    08-02-2014, 08:56 PM
  #14
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That hurts to just read that, NBeventer. One of my worst fears is having the hrose fall on me , like that.
     
    08-02-2014, 10:30 PM
  #15
Weanling
NBEventer, glad you made it through that. So sorry you lost your horse though. I absolutely hate pavement. You just never know.
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    08-02-2014, 10:42 PM
  #16
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Oh he wasn't even my horse. He was a friends horse. We had switched on the trail ride because she was feeling nervous on her horse and mine was much quieter. She actually tried to sue my parents(I was only 15) because of it. She served us while I was still in the hospital to pay the vet bills.

She gave up the idea of suing my family. And we never talked again.

It was scary, I still have nightmares from it. And every time I go anywhere near pavement on a horse I get nervous. People riding on paved roads at more then a walk or riding along highways just makes me angry. Its so so so dangerous!
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    08-02-2014, 11:16 PM
  #17
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You don't want to hear anything negative, yet you are doing something very dangerous.
I wonder if you would feel the same about cantering/loping on the road if this situation had ended differently: your friend being killed by a falling horse, her horse breaking a leg, your horse tripping over the horse on the ground and falling and breaking a leg, you being injured, etc.
Bet you would be rethinking about cantering/loping on the roads if things had turned bad. You sound like a person who says" nothing bad will ever happen to me" and treat this as a simple little thing as opposed to a warning..Just curious, do your parents know about cantering/loping on a road where vehicles travel as you say they do?
     
    08-02-2014, 11:24 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by wyominggrandma    
Just curious, do your parents know about cantering/loping on a road where vehicles travel as you say they do?
I believe the OP is an adult in her 20's... not that it makes it any better.
     
    08-02-2014, 11:32 PM
  #19
Yearling
I don't understand. The cars go fast, so you must go fast too? How is that keeping you safe? It makes no sense. You can't out run the cars. How is cantering around the turns "safer" in your mind?
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    08-02-2014, 11:34 PM
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It seriously disturbs me that a vet hasn't been called. When a horse goes down on pavement like that, it needs a vet.
     

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