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post #11 of 46 Old 07-06-2009, 11:58 PM
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Ok so you're in Canada, so no pistols in your belt.
How about a can of bear spray. Next mortor bike that attacks you, Spray his face Bright Orange with Bear Spray. It'll reach out about 25 -30 feet. And the pepper will knock him off his bike. Just tmake sure he is down wind from your horse.
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post #12 of 46 Old 07-07-2009, 09:56 AM
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Ok so you're in Canada, so no pistols in your belt.
How about a can of bear spray. Next mortor bike that attacks you, Spray his face Bright Orange with Bear Spray. It'll reach out about 25 -30 feet. And the pepper will knock him off his bike. Just tmake sure he is down wind from your horse.
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OP - What are you doing to help with the issue at home? Are you trying to desensitize them? Do you have bikes you can ride around while the horses are eating their dinner? Might help.

AZ was terrified of dirt bikes forever, and then our jerk neighbor started riding his dirt bike in their pasture every day. As much as it annoyed the heck out of me, AZ doesn't even flinch when a dirt bike or lawnmower starts up now.

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We have to deal with mountain bikes quite often out here. Even though "wheels give way to heels" if we see a bike coming and we're in a good spot to pull over we do. It may not be required of us but it is common courtesy and goes a LONG way with the bikers we come across. I find that pulling off the trail and letting the horses see the bikes as they're coming up and rolling away helps to desensitize them.

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post #14 of 46 Old 07-08-2009, 10:41 PM
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I just shoot them off right there.... Ha-ha-ha! Just kidding...

Those parks I go to are NOT great for biking, so I rarely see someone. Well... My paint actually hears them coming from back (or front) WAY before I even realize that. I can tell from her move something is coming, so I usually stop and make her face them and let them pass. So I just don't believe ANYONE can come to her that close from behind - she's on 360 degree check constantly. If bikers are coming towards us most of them stop and let me pass.

The general "rule of politeness" around is when the biker coming from behind to let the horse people know (s)he's coming so they can stop and let him pass on left.
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post #15 of 46 Old 07-09-2009, 03:19 PM
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Some of the trails I ride around here also have bikes and 4wheelers. For the most part they yield to the horses, but theres always that one person who seems to enjoy stirring up the horses. One atv'er slowed down as he got close to me and then all of a sudden as he was passing me he reved the moter and spun about then looked back at me smileing. Luckily, my mare is real good around those things and diden't even bat an eye, but I swear the guy looked disapointed that he coulden't get my girl to buck me off!!!! What an ass....
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post #16 of 46 Old 07-09-2009, 04:24 PM
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I very calmly said - it's no fun when someone roars past and acts like an ass, is it?
He's given right of way ever since. Def. Not the way I should have handled it, but


I'd say you handled it just right, desperate times call for desperate measures. ;)

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Deej - years ago, I had a neighbor do that to me on a half arab - she reared up and came over backwards on me. I didn't get badly hurt - screwed up my knee, but you can sure bet that when I finally got back to the barn, first thing I did was go over to his house and kick his ass. I guess I just don't have patience for that kind of thing anymore - gettin' old and grouchy I guess.

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Some of the trails I ride around here also have bikes and 4wheelers. For the most part they yield to the horses, but theres always that one person who seems to enjoy stirring up the horses. One atv'er slowed down as he got close to me and then all of a sudden as he was passing me he reved the moter and spun about then looked back at me smileing. Luckily, my mare is real good around those things and diden't even bat an eye, but I swear the guy looked disapointed that he coulden't get my girl to buck me off!!!! What an ass....
I know people do it in one of the local parks. Guess what? The riders usually dismount and BLOCK the whole trail. So 4-wheelers must turn away eventually.
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post #19 of 46 Old 07-13-2009, 09:00 PM
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Today was my first time going out with my mare at our new barn we moved to in April and of course, we ran into a bike. I had no idea how she was going to react and I expected her to freak but she didn't even acknowledge him. The guy was really nice though, he was going really fast but slammed on his brakes when my instructor asked him to stop. Then went by slowly.

I can't understand why people would purposley freak the horses out. Today some guy with his dog off leash let him run circles around my horse, who started to prance and and get really, really pissed. I was so sure he was getting a hoof to the face, he was bitting at her heels and the guy was doing nothing. Some people just aren't very smart.
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post #20 of 46 Old 07-13-2009, 09:31 PM
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If you see bikers on the trail, what'd you do?
I say hi or nice day for a ride and let it go at that. My guy could care less. I don't own the trials and share share alike.
I also sometimes take my mountain bike and let the horse jog along beside on a short lead.

In the winter I run the snowmobile trails and run into them alot. I side pass to the edge of the trail and let them zoom by. Again he could care less.

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