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post #1 of 10 Old 01-10-2013, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Signs for hacking on the road?

I have nowhere to ride at the moment, except for the road. Even our backroads are tarmac and can be quite busy.

I was thinking of buying a few "caution horse and rider" signs and putting them out on either end of where I would be riding. Has anybody done this? Do you think I'd be wasting my time/money or would it make a difference for us safety wise?

I always wear a high-vis jacket, and make sure to stick to whatever side of the road is safest at the time but our roads tend to have plenty of bends. Bandit is sensible and not spooky with cars, my biggest concern is to save somebody from speeding up on us and somebody (either us or the driver) getting hurt. Opinions please :)

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post #2 of 10 Old 01-10-2013, 05:51 PM
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I think you would have to clear it with your local officials but I do not see it being a problem.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-10-2013, 06:39 PM
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I imagine a waste of time, the speeders wont care.
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-11-2013, 05:03 PM
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i imagine a waste of time, the speeders wont care.
^^^^Pretty much that - unless folks in Ireland are a lot more conscientious/car drivers that in the U.S.


I live on a road that is barely more than one lane and when I say there's nowhere to move over on 90% of it, I'm not joking.

One day, my neighbor's daughter and husband hit the camel hump so hard with their SUV, then the brakes, that gravel was hitting my back (therefore my horse as well). They were puttin' the binders on to stop the vehicle so they wouldn't hit us.

What really really P.O.'d me about that? HER father raises Spotted Saddle Horses and HER daughter started riding on her own horse (accompanied by her granddad) when she was only 8 up and down this curvy/hilly/narrow road.

If someone with that close of ties to horses thinks they need to drive like Junior Johnson's Next-of-Kin, nobody else is going to slow down for a sign

If your local officials approve, I wish you much success with signs but don't be disappointed if it doesn't work.

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post #5 of 10 Old 01-11-2013, 06:01 PM
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Signs can help -- if only to make drivers aware that there are riders on the road. Approach your local government about it to find out what is required to have them erected. You can't do it yourself.

If there are other riders in your area, it helps to have a group of people that are supportive.
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I'm not holding up much hope that it does work, I was thinking of just popping them up whenever I was heading out to ride and taking them down again once I was finished in the hopes that the locals would realise that if they saw the signs out, there is a good possibility that they will meet us.

And no, I wouldnt think the drivers here are anymore considerate. Suprisingly though, I have come to realise from riding out on the roads over the last few years, that it isn't the young lads in the fast cars that I need to worry about... they actually slow right down. The ones who refuse to slow down are the older people who should have more common sense. I had a woman insist on pulling out of a slip road and drive by me when my horse was spooking and balking at something; rather than wait the 30 seconds for me to get him in order and across the junction she was coming out of.

Walkinthewalk - that doesnt suprise me about you friend at all, anytime a "horse person" passes me at speed I get very annoyed as they SHOULD know better.

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post #7 of 10 Old 01-12-2013, 04:12 AM
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Yes, I have "Please Pass Slow and wide " on my jacket and it does make a huge difference (I know this as sometimes I wear it rolled up so you can't see it). All my hacking friends ride with one too.
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-13-2013, 09:16 PM
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I just hate riding along the road because horses are unpredictable and so are drivers. Some drivers are cautious, but others will barrel through. Unfortunately I have to go on the road to reach any of the trails. It is always a nervewracking experience.
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-14-2013, 06:01 AM
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I "love" it when they slow down and honk their horn to let me know they are there. I am surprised at how many people lack common sense around animals.
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I did get out on the road on Sat & Sun. Of course I met a few idiots - a van pulling a trailer I swear sped up, and a young girl refused to slow down even when I was waving my arm to tell her to *sigh* At least Bandit confirmed my belief that he wasn't bothered by the traffic - even if for the first time ever he let out a buck when I didnt let him away with napping.
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