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    04-20-2013, 04:52 PM
I had my first ever experience with a POLITE motorbikes the other day. Every other biker I have ever come across on the trail or on the beach (and I ride on the trail and beach allot, seeing an average of 3 bikes per ride) has ignored as and powered on past. My horse ignores them. However, The other day I was leading my horse up a hill at the end of the ride, when a bike, coming the other way saw us, slowed right down, cut the engine and rolled on past. I smiled and waved, and my horse stared at the bike with giant bug eyes, thinking, 'Why the heck doesn't that bike have an engine?'

Of course, the second they were past they gunned forward and revved off, causing my mare to jump slightly. Turns out she's not used to polite bikers, but hey! At least the rider tried.
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    04-26-2013, 03:23 PM
**Corporal applauds bc Corporal cannot add ANYTHING to this**
    06-27-2013, 01:12 PM
Back to basics...

This is a great thread, so I thought I'd chime in. No matter how long we've all been riding, I think it's important to remember the basics when it comes to good manners and safety on the trails.
Here's an excerpt from one of Maggie's online articles that sums it all up. She says:
"Respect other equestrians, hikers or bikers that you pass. If your horse kicks or bites, tie a ribbon on its tail as a warning to others to keep their distance. Remember to close any gates you open and hold them open if others are behind you. Do not pass other riders at a gallop, as many horses become overly excited. Be polite with your riding distance. If riding with others, allow for ample breathing room in between."
    08-30-2013, 09:23 PM
Great post! I had always had show horses but changed pace and started trail riding about 5 yrs ago. I remember trying to learn all I could about how to "behave" when riding with others. I also always yield to others on the trail because I know my horse.
    08-31-2014, 01:46 PM
Not pointing at any posts in particular, but I've seen a lot of "if you or your horse can't <X> then you shouldn't <Y>" sort of sentiments expressed.

If you're thinking that way, you're going to be mighty lonely on the trail in a few years, because everyone who ever did anything had to do it the first time once, and those of us still learning don't know what we don't know.

We can't all start with your experience. You didn't start with it either.
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