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    05-29-2013, 05:37 AM
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Yearling
What do you do at bridges?

ALOT of riders around here ride their horses over bridges. I thought it was always safer to get off and walk them across. BC you just never know, and I'd rather NOT fall off the bridge, lol... The only exception I have is when there is a parade and the rode is closed off, so I'm not that close to the edges. What do you all do?
     
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    05-29-2013, 06:37 AM
  #2
Trained
I ride over. I feel much safer if the horse should freak out on their back. Generally they will try not to fall over the edge themselves, but they aren't so worried about knocking me off or running me over.

Have been riding over various bridges for about 10 years now and the closest I have ever come to disaster was when a wooden bridge was frosted over and horse started skidding toward the edge.
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    05-29-2013, 08:59 AM
  #3
Green Broke
We usually ride over them.
     
    05-29-2013, 09:48 AM
  #4
Yearling
What kind of bridges are you talking about?

I almost always ride across the bridges I encounter.



Some are more board walks than bridges


Some are truly bridges


Regardless of the bridge, the horses have learned to deal with them and cross them with out a fuss
     
    05-29-2013, 10:04 AM
  #5
Green Broke
"Cross that bridge when you come to it."
     
    05-29-2013, 11:59 AM
  #6
Started
Mostly ride.
Exception was last spring on the first trip out with my new greenie. We came to a wooden bridge over a creek...no sides. She was a bit nervous so I led her across. On the return trip she clomped across like she had done it every day.
I guess one simply has to take stock of the situation and do what is safe.

Love those great photos, Painted Horse!
     
    05-29-2013, 12:14 PM
  #7
Weanling
Ride across.

Weirdest thing I've seen was at Stone Church in central Ohio. . .they had a few wooden bridges, and beside each bridge was a sign that simply said "THINK."

I found it kind of funny that they had to remind people to use their brains when it came to that kind of thing. . .but apparently there have been some issues with people NOT thinking.
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    05-29-2013, 12:52 PM
  #8
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I am absolutely terrified of heights, the motorway bridges we used to ride over in the UK freaked me out and I'd get hysterical if the kids rode close to the edge despite the high railings so if they're any height then I have to get off and walk because I'm afraid my horse will pick up on my fear. Even when I'm walking I want to get on my hands and knees and crawl sometimes, I don't even like being in a car going over bridges, the Whitestone Bridge in NY puts me into a sweating panic attack every time
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    05-29-2013, 12:58 PM
  #9
Weanling
I've always rode across them.
     
    05-29-2013, 01:16 PM
  #10
Weanling
I always ride across - but if the horse stops & acts nervous, I give them more of their head so they can sniff the bridge, & normally they cross it. If they absolutely refuse to cross it, I've always went around. I've only had one horse, which was a stud, to ever rear up & try to run from a bridge. He was fine with going through 4' deep water to avoid bridges, or down/up big hills. Now he's fine with bridges, took a few weeks of walking him daily across the bridge heading from the road to my barn; but he's fine now.
     

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