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post #1 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Feeling Panicky

Not my horse, me. I rode her down the road for the first time yesterday. I hacked down to our crops and came onto the road from there, and then walked past the neighbours and kept going right to our own driveway. It went really well, except for one moment when Nell had a bit of a freak out at the cars because their stupid drivers refused to move over ( a lot of people got to see what my middle finger looks like ). I've heard so many horror stories about horses and cars, that that was all I could think about, and I was a big tense ball of nerves. Anyone have any advice on how to relax when we're out there?
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post #2 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:32 PM
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Around my area that I drive my horse is crazy. The road is 35 and most are going 50. They never slow down. Half the time they never move over. So we asked a local cop to sit at the corner. Super nice guy. He is catching speeders right and left. He calls the drivers over all the time to talk.
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post #3 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:38 PM
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LOL, thankfully, most the folks around here are pretty considerate.

One thing I've always thought about doing though....keep a few little baggies of watered down horse poo and if a driver comes along that doesn't slow down or move over, throw it at their windshield .

That might get someone in trouble though...
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post #4 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:43 PM
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Awesome plan Smrobs, but it might get you shot. It sure is a temptation to try it though!

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post #5 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:51 PM
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When I kept my horses at this Farmer's property, where I also taught, he kept taking back places for us to ride. My DH and I took to crossing a state highway and riding some of the back roads. I HATED IT. Driver's are always inconsiderate and that makes riding a busy road very dangerous. If you get out of the way by riding in the ditch you encounter garbage, which is often glass and twisted metal. Please reconsider riding along this road. If someone hits you they will probably survive, but you and your horse won't. You will never know it when they hit you, and some drivers get a thrill out of driving too close.
Honestly, it looks like you have plenty of space already.

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post #6 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Around my area that I drive my horse is crazy. The road is 35 and most are going 50. They never slow down. Half the time they never move over. So we asked a local cop to sit at the corner. Super nice guy. He is catching speeders right and left. He calls the drivers over all the time to talk.
You can do that?

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post #7 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:55 PM
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Oh, yes, you can notify local law enforcement. There are standing rules in most places that vehicles are supposed to respect the equine right-of-way. It's about like cyclists and pedestrians.

If the people are speeding down the road constantly, call the local cops and ask if they'd be willing to patrol that road. Of course, it's no guarantee that they will, but it couldn't hurt to ask.
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post #8 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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I might do that then.
Is there anything about people trying to spook horses by laying on their horns?

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post #9 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 07:19 PM
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I don't know, I don't think so...unfortunately.

I really wish there was a law prohibiting felonious stupidity.
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post #10 of 16 Old 05-18-2013, 07:22 PM
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...me, too...

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