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post #21 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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No, that IS what I posted, she's on some other topic.
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post #22 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:57 PM
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"what if i threw a rock"
I'm not throwing rocks.
As you can see in the comment above.
Here's a thought- rather than getting frustrated at people commenting on things you "don't really" mean, don't say them in the first place - then there is no room for confusion
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post #23 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Just want to state that I AM a very safe rider. I'm not riding like an idiot and complaining. I'm just complaining, haha and i would like to know other people's experiences like the ones I have.
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post #24 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not mad at all, just having a conversation. (:
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post #25 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 03:10 PM
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You may very well be. But when you ask about throwing rocks at passing cars on a public forum, that does not come across as being a "smart and safe" rider. Its okay to vent about your frustrations; we all have them. But what you said is out there now. Its not going away. What if you do get into an accident? A good lawyer could find this post and see what you said about throwing rocks and get you for that. "Joking" about putting someone in harm's way is NOT smart no matter how funny you want it to be.

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post #26 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 03:10 PM
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Sorry, I didn't notice country or state mentioned by OP, just a request to share experiences.
My apologies; you're right, she did ask for experiences and didn't mention a country.

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post #27 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 03:14 PM
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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.
Well, here in NC, horses are allowed to ride on public roads (except freeways) and you do have the right of way.

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post #28 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 03:35 PM
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I also had to ride on roads on a daily basis in the UK and mostly found the traffic to be more horse aware than in the US where they seem to come far too close - no excuse as the roads are so much wider here
The CT Horse Council has advise on riding in traffic but that doesnt reach the drivers.
Attached some pics of the road outside my old UK house and adjoining that I had to use to get anywhere as we dont have the trails there. The speed limit on it is 60mph!!!
OP - I dont think for one moment you meant you would throw a rock but honestly I have felt like doing it myself too many times - doesnt mean I would
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post #29 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 04:18 PM
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I just had a similar experience on my last trail ride. I had my green 3 year old out on a rural road and a car passed by very quickly and very close which upset her. She calmed down quickly though and she'll get over it, but I did complain about it to my husband, haha.

But, what I really wanted to say - if this is a common problem where you live, try to think of yourself as an ambassador of all trail riders. Drivers may honestly not know a thing about horses, how to pass safey, or that it could be dangerous to pass. It should be common sense to pass with caution to everyone, but not everyone has common sense.

So, as the ambassador, when you see a car approaching, move to the side, stop, smile and wave at the car. Instead of being "that jerk horse rider that takes up the road", be the friendly horse rider that is courteous, cautious, and friendly. People will interact with those that project friendliness, and be likely to slow down, and perhaps even say hi. If they do, thank them for slowing down. Resist being mad with them. People do not like to interact with angry glares, shaking fists or obvious signs of irritation, and will likely speed to get away from you.

And I get you don't mean you would actually throw rocks, but if you did, first off they would know it was you and not the horse, but second it would make them irritated at all riders and would not encourage them to pass safely in the future. Your intended point would not be the point they get, they'd just think you were a huge jerk.
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post #30 of 50 Old 01-04-2013, 04:29 PM
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If riding on the side of the road is something you have to do, why not ask the local government to post warning signs along the road that there are horse back riders present and to slow down for them?
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