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post #11 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:26 PM
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If you are the one throwing rocks at a passing car then you are the one "purposely doing something stupid."

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post #12 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:29 PM
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The way i understood it in my area, pleasure horses don't have the right of way, they must stay on the burm or shoulder of the road (i have to check my book again) And working horses (drafts, ect) have the right of way when moving from field to field, as the Amish do when in cart or buggie. And other farm equipment and such during crop seasons. I'm not 100% sure on this. But i've ridden roads many of times and most of the drivers are curtious and cautious, esp when my gelding gets the notion to stand in the middle of the road for no reason i can find. I mostly stay on the edge of the road, if i have to road ride.

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EB, I find in the more rural areas like where I live, people tend to be nicer and more cautious around horses. Most of them raise cattle or other livestock, so understand how prey animals think.

We have the Amish starting to move into my area, and I frequently see their buggies on the back roads. I treat them like any other vehicle, and pass when I can. Otherwise, I stay a decent distance behind them.

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Some people are just going to be idiots about it. No way around it. But you, as a rider, can take precautions to minimize the risk of an accident, ride along the shoulder, be aware of your surroundings and know when a car is coming.
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post #15 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:37 PM
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Some people are just going to be idiots about it. No way around it. But you, as a rider, can take precautions to minimize the risk of an accident, ride along the shoulder, be aware of your surroundings and know when a car is coming.
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Having the right of way is one thing - having others respect it is another. Similar to being at a 4-way stop, just because it is your turn to go doesn't mean some other idiot won't decide to go too and hit you. Right of way or no, it is always in your best interest to drive/ride defensively to keep yourself and your mount safe. The only control you have is over yourself, your mount and your actions.
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post #16 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:38 PM
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In the Uk we have to ride on roads and sometimes in busy traffic. I do not ride right on the edge but take up more correct space in the road as a road user. Horses have an absolute right to be on roads, cars have to apply for road tax before being allowed. Always thanks drivers for slowing and always be polite, generally I find most drivers are OK, but some do come too close and risk our and their own lives by doing so. I only ride two abreast when with a young inexperienced horse as this is the accepted and correct thing to do here (provides space for the nervous horse). If the road is very narrow, we will trot on until finding a wider place for cars to pass if posible.

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I believe it is important, for all riders who must ride on public roads, to look up the laws in their particular state. Each state laws are slightly different. A few have no laws at all, regarding horses. Some have laws which differ from riding a horse, to one who is driving a horse-drawn vehicle. In some states, a rider is required to ride 'with' the traffic. Others require the rider rides against the traffic.

But regardless of the laws in any given state or even country, every rider should be very aware, that the majority of motorists one will meet, are not horsey. They might even get a thrill from trying to scare the horse and rider. In most areas, motorists are required to slow down and give a horse a wide berth when passing. Few know that law or bother to do so.

I suggest anyone who must ride on roads, first try as often as possible, to ride inside a fenced area, along a roadside, so their horses become very used to all kinds of traffic, the noise and speed. It takes time and patience, to train a 'traffic safe' horse and even if solid, one still has to deal with the idiots who will try to spook a horse.

Sometimes, if you live in an area where many horses are constantly ridden on public roads, you can encourage your local officials, to post signs to warn of horses. After all, many areas have such signs for deer.

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There are horse crossing signs posted all over the roads here. My horses are boarded where there is an animal preserve all around. There are also many ranches. The trails are even for horses and no biking or four-wheeling allowed. The rules in the California parks down here all say horses have the right of way. Any person that is an animall person would know and understand that. However, there are a lot of rude people out there who don't care. That is where you have to not just expect to be respected because you are on a horse and take control of the situation yourself and being aware of your surroundings no matter who is in the right or wrong.
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Different country and culture, Clava. You're on a small island and have limited space.

Anyone actually riding in the road here in the US would likely end up getting a ticket from the police. Vehicles are supposed to give horses a wide berth, but riders are not allowed to ride in the road proper. There are even certain roads where horses aren't permitted, and signs have been put up warning riders they're not allowed.

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Different country and culture, Clava. You're on a small island and have limited space.
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Sorry, I didn't notice country or state mentioned by OP, just a request to share experiences.
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