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post #21 of 90 Old 08-02-2014, 11:53 PM
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Well my mistake if the OP is not a teenager and is in her 20's then she really needs a BIG wake up call and to use her brain when riding her horse. A teenager can be forgiven at times for being young and inexperienced but an ADULT? There is NO excuse for her and her friends actions since it seems THIS TIME only one horse was injured, what will happen when they keep doing the same thing.
yes NBEventer I agree about the vet. Seems they just patched the horse up and put it out to pasture.
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post #22 of 90 Old 08-02-2014, 11:59 PM
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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?
I agree with this. At a walk the drivers of cars will have more time to see you and recognize what you are. You also have more control of your horse and if he has a good handle on him can make quick evasive moves if need be. No matter how good your horse is or how good you are going faster all ways increases the risk of danger.

I don't get how loping around a blind corner on a paved road with cars traveling at 60mph sounds safer to you? To me that is suicide!

My DH were riding on the very narrow shoulder of a very narrow road when a car swerved and almost hit him and the horse. We were at a walk and as soon as he saw what was about to happen he started backing his horse quickly and then spun to get out of the way. He wouldn't have been able to do that at a lope etc...

Have you thought about wearing an orange vest or getting reflectors or lights for your horses tack?
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post #23 of 90 Old 08-03-2014, 12:01 AM
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I'll leave my comments put because I share the same view as many of the others, but....

Can you go to your town and ask they put up horse caution signs aren't the curve your you feel the need to lope around?
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post #24 of 90 Old 08-03-2014, 12:19 AM
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Please! Get a trailer and stay off those roads.
I have only had one slip on a paved road, and it was cobblestone...on "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) and he was trotting. Nagitoches, LA.
Pavement of any kind is slick and your horse can slip on it.
I agree with Blue. You can't continue to do this. It's probably more dangerous to YOU than to your horse and your accident was predictable, only a matter of time.
Prayers sent for the horse's rapid recovery.
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The Amish get a bad rap for "abusing" their buggy horses, but a lot of this is bc the roads around many Amish communities, like the one 1 hour from where live, and where my Amish farrier lives are now paved asphalt. Constant trotting on this pavement rattles and wears out the joints on their horses. I don't know if there is anything NEW, but some 30 years ago people who wanted/needed to ride/drive on pavement shod their horses with borium welded to the shoes. The borium gripped the pavement and prevented slipping.
Btw, I have witnessed and heard stories of pleasure horses abused, but I have not seen the Amish abuse their horses. Even my farrier has wooden stocks that he uses to shoe unwilling horses. It is brilliant! It's made from 4 x 4's, and he has chains run through pieces of garden hose. Each leg is immobilized and he cranks up the foot he needs to trim and shoe and has a padded rest which keeps it in one place. I was early for a trimming and I watched him shoe two unwilling BELGIANS this way. I have never witnessed my farrier beat up my horses and get angry and act out.
If you WANT to ride on pavement, pay the money and get the RIGHT shoes put on so you don't end up injuring and laming your horse.

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post #26 of 90 Old 08-03-2014, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Like I said, I have intentions of going to the next borough meeting and pretty much demanding signs at this point. And also, there is nowhere to go off the road. I can see far enough down the hill that a short lope around the bend will put me in the position to get off the road before a car (even going 50-60mph) will make it to us. If we were to walk, no car is going to see us. It is a sheer cliff on either side of the road around the bend, absolutely nowhere to go if I needed to. No one's horse would be able to get anywhere, don't care how well trained the horse is or how fit it is.

So no, we will not be galloping the road anymore, I think I've already said that.

Not sure where the stock comment was directe either, all three horses stand just perfect for the farrier.

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Both of us have experience with injuries and not everyone needs a vet to come out, especially when they have the knowledge to assess the horse themselves. We put him in a small paddock so he could still move around because the stalls are only 10x10 and we felt it would be better for him to be in the small paddock area. I'm not sure why everyone feels the need to have a vet for everything when the owner/boarder already has enough veterinary knowledge to assess the situation themselves. If he hasn't improved any by tomorrow I'll be out to take another close look at him and see if the vet is warranted.

And btw, like I said, the majority of our pavement (like the bend we go around at a lope, not the one Pistol fell on) is **** near close to gravel. The gravel is set in place and isn't moving, but it's not slick. The place where he went down must have had some tar spilled on it from one of the trucks and was slick, I agree. We did not see it coming though. Yes, our fault and we won't be doing more than a walk up THAT hill or any of the other places we've seen the road like such, but I think the place we actually feel the need to lope up is not slick being that it is full of gravel in the cement (not pavement, if we're being technical).
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The other side of this pass is a sheer cliff? And there are people doing 50-60 miles an hour around this bend?

Do you have a death wish for you, your horse or the car drivers?

Really. It may be best to discontinue riding there. I get nervous enough with 30 mph traffic and under. Not worth risking your life, your horses life or the life of the unsuspecting driver.
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Sheer hillside is better wording, I guess.
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post #29 of 90 Old 08-03-2014, 11:10 AM
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That's what I meant..Obviously we won't be galloping anymore, but if we want any trails, we have to canter on the pavement. I'm not walking around a bend on a 45mph route. Our roads don't have grassy shoulders, usually no shoulder at all.
Don't B.S. The B.S'r. I've been trail riding 55 years and the bulk of that has been on roads. State highways, one lane Deliverance Roads where there is nowhere to get off and here comes a big cement truck or tri-axle dump rumbling up the hill.

You do not need to canter around that bend - sorry. If those were my horses you'd be off of them and doing nothing but mucking their stalls for the next year.

You started this thread on the defensive because you knew how it was going to turn, after the long-time riders had a chance to read it.

My son was 10 when he put my horse down on the blacktop --- cantering him behind my back when I absolutely told him not to. There were several of us moms and all our children on the back road that day. My son sneakily stayed in the back.

He caught more Holy H888 from me that day than the entire rest of his life and he was off the horse for the rest of that summer. Tissed me off, too, because I had to pay babysitter or wait until his father got off work so I could ride.

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post #30 of 90 Old 08-03-2014, 11:48 AM
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Perhaps we could say thank you for this thread, if anyone needed a reminder of how not to ride on pavement!

Saying that you have done something for years without a problem is like saying;
I have driven my car without having brakes for years and never had a problem, until I couldn't stop before going over the cliff...
I haven't brushed my teeth for the past 10 years with no problem, until my teeth all fell out...
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