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post #1 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Horses have the right of way.

Too many times have I been riding and almost get clipped by a car. I know the rule on horses habing the right away are deep inside the textbooks, but they're still there.
I just had a inflating argument with a "non horse person" on this note. He said that horses shouldn't be on the side of the road while people are driving. Really? Come on.
I was with a group of about 40 horses and their riders (of course) and we saw that a car was coming so the stragglers started to get on the same side of the road as us and the car gave no patience to that. It zoomed right by and was literally a foot from all of us. We had no where to go, the car had us right up against a ditch.
Then when cars go speeding right past you over and over as you're riding trying to be "cool". Would it be "cool" if I "accedently" threw a rock and said my horse spooked because of their choices. Would I be wrong?
Sorry, just wanted share a few experiences out of the hundreds. Anyone care to share some of theirs?
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post #2 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:11 PM
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Why are you riding on the roads?

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I have very little trails by my house so I have to road ride to get to them.
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post #4 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:13 PM
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Yes horses have right of way but you still have to use common sense. I ride on the road all the time, you have to be aware of your surroundings, same as if you are driving on the same road. If there are cars you should not be on the paved part of the road.

It's not the people just driving by that are the issue but the ones that throw things at you or honk the horn. But once again it all comes down to common sense.
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post #5 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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I am on the gravel part of the road, but at times I don't even get that. Those are the people i'm talking about, the ones that purposly do something stupid because there is a horse on the side of the road.
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Why are you riding on the roads?
I would guess they were riding on the grass right next to the road, just like myself and many others have done.

Kinda like a person might walk on the side of the road.

Cars should slow down and move over it is the courteous thing to do.

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post #7 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:18 PM
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Southern, my question was intended to get more information, not take the OP to task. There are good reasons someone has to ride on the edge of the road.

Yes, horses are supposed to have the right of way, but many, many non-horse people don't know that and there's very little ability to enforce it unless a police car happens to be behind someone harassing you.

If you HAVE to ride on the roadways do it as far onto the shoulders as you can get, and even get off the roads if you have the option.

Throwing rocks at passing cars is a bad idea, and can result in injury or even death for you, your horse, and the vehicle driver.

I understand that it's frustrating, but vehicles and prey animals do not mix well. Do everything you can to be courteous, and stay out of the roadway and as far onto the shoulders as you can.

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I wasn't really going to throw a rock at someone, it was just a hypothedic situation. haha. Yes, I do all those things, i'm just trying to see who all has these same problems as I do, (a lot of course). (:
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I am on the gravel part of the road, but at times I don't even get that. Those are the people i'm talking about, the ones that purposly do something stupid because there is a horse on the side of the road.
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Then when cars go speeding right past you over and over as you're riding trying to be "cool". Would it be "cool" if I "accedently" threw a rock and said my horse spooked because of their choices. Would I be wrong?
If you are the one throwing rocks at a passing car then you are the one "purposely doing something stupid."

This is what happens when you have democrats in office
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post #10 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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"what if i threw a rock"
I'm not throwing rocks.
As you can see in the comment above.
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