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post #41 of 50 Old 03-09-2013, 01:01 AM
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Being a British transplant, I am a firm lover of riding on the roads. At first with a green spooky horse, it's wonderful to ride out with a seasoned horse. Your horse gets used to everything, and you will rarely see a spook.
I have no science to back it up, but it's just personal belief that it makes all the leg muscles stronger riding on a tougher surface.

I used to spend all day on Sat hacking out on the roads in England, I'd be gone for 5 hours sometimes more. I grew up with the British Horse Society where we were taught to ride in the road and to take up the space of a vehicle and ride 2 abreast, thereby forcing a car to give you the same respect that they would another car and only pass wide and safe. In fact when riding alone, if I was coming to a corner, I would trot, pull out further towards the middle of the road to block them and put out my arm to suggest that an approaching car wait and pass after the turn.

There is a small tractor path now that goes around where I board. It meets up with the road, but you could stay on the path. I always choose the road. I want my horse to get used to things. Unless I hear a motorcycle and then I move back to the path, as they are apparently horse eating, rear inducing beasts to my stupid animal.

My mare in England was in a parade in Manchester, England's 3rd largest city. The city center didn't close down, but we got one lane of traffic and were passed by NYC style congestion, semi's and everything else. Because my mare had had a million road miles, she didn't give a hoot and was wonderful.

I wish more people rode out on the roads here, so I would have a seasoned horse to go along with my guy.
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post #42 of 50 Old 03-09-2013, 01:56 AM
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This is what happened to me today, luckily I'm okay. Bruised ribs and pulled some muscles.

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post #43 of 50 Old 03-09-2013, 07:37 AM
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My girl and i ride the back roads occasionally, when traveling to trail heads and such.
Her horse is still a little green, and ******s when cars approach quickly.
My horse, on the other hand, is pretty mellow in that regard, as well as enormous. I've been known to position myself in a fashion to block traffic until she can get to a safe position, then move to allow the cars to pass. I've only had one occasion where a driver didn't respect my position and hand signals to wait, and that was a young kid. We showed up at his house, had a polite discussion with his folks and him to explain the situation, and the potential ramifications of his actions. Sure, i would have loved to give that snot nosed brat an epic beating, but it wouldn't have resolved anything. Educating the uneducated was a far better choice, and hopefully made the world a better place.

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post #44 of 50 Old 03-09-2013, 09:49 AM
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Being a British transplant, I am a firm lover of riding on the roads. At first with a green spooky horse, it's wonderful to ride out with a seasoned horse. Your horse gets used to everything, and you will rarely see a spook.
I have no science to back it up, but it's just personal belief that it makes all the leg muscles stronger riding on a tougher surface.

I used to spend all day on Sat hacking out on the roads in England, I'd be gone for 5 hours sometimes more. I grew up with the British Horse Society where we were taught to ride in the road and to take up the space of a vehicle and ride 2 abreast, thereby forcing a car to give you the same respect that they would another car and only pass wide and safe. In fact when riding alone, if I was coming to a corner, I would trot, pull out further towards the middle of the road to block them and put out my arm to suggest that an approaching car wait and pass after the turn.

There is a small tractor path now that goes around where I board. It meets up with the road, but you could stay on the path. I always choose the road. I want my horse to get used to things. Unless I hear a motorcycle and then I move back to the path, as they are apparently horse eating, rear inducing beasts to my stupid animal.

My mare in England was in a parade in Manchester, England's 3rd largest city. The city center didn't close down, but we got one lane of traffic and were passed by NYC style congestion, semi's and everything else. Because my mare had had a million road miles, she didn't give a hoot and was wonderful.

I wish more people rode out on the roads here, so I would have a seasoned horse to go along with my guy.
Its how I spent most of my riding life but I suppose its what we're used too and our horses are used too. I thought nothing of riding along the A5 on my pony when I was 12 and out on my own!!!
If I ever move to PA (unlikely) we will have to join forces!!!
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post #45 of 50 Old 03-09-2013, 11:43 AM
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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.
Not in any part of Ga. that I know about. Horses nor people walking, bikes, etc. are not allowed on the freeways but any other road is fair game.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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post #46 of 50 Old 03-09-2013, 04:28 PM
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Its how I spent most of my riding life but I suppose its what we're used too and our horses are used too. I thought nothing of riding along the A5 on my pony when I was 12 and out on my own!!!
If I ever move to PA (unlikely) we will have to join forces!!!
I'd love that. Get packing and move here please!
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post #47 of 50 Old 03-12-2013, 05:40 AM
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I used to take my old mare up the road all the time and nothing phased her in the slightest (except pigs, those things were the devils in disguise apparently)
but my gelding is too big and too scared of the road to bother taking him up it under saddle yet...

Problem is, a girl was killed on my road less than a km from my house just over a year ago when her horse reared up and flipped over backwards on top of her on the asphalt.. So now my parents won't let me ride up the road even if I wanted to, and fair enough, i mean heck, that was pretty close to home, but it would be nice to be able to saddle up and go now and then.

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post #48 of 50 Old 03-12-2013, 12:49 PM
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My opinion is - if you have to ride your horse along the road (I never do as I have the possiblility to trailer my horses to beaches and parks) you should train your horse to be pretty much "road proof", your horse should not spook or act surprised by fast cars, upcoming cars, loud cars or anything... Even if horses have the right of way, the most important thing is that EVERYBODY stays safe. And as for the group of 40 horses on a road, that is something I really do not support and-or understand, that is just asking for trouble in my opinion....
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post #49 of 50 Old 03-12-2013, 04:30 PM
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my trianer said he was riding outside of his yard to go do his gravel road and a car with some kids flew by right next to him and the second time he hit the side mirror and broke it off. and told the guy he better slow down or lose a window... never saw the guy flying down his road again. and he deals with a lot of problem horses..
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post #50 of 50 Old 03-12-2013, 04:36 PM
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My opinion is - if you have to ride your horse along the road (I never do as I have the possiblility to trailer my horses to beaches and parks) you should train your horse to be pretty much "road proof", your horse should not spook or act surprised by fast cars, upcoming cars, loud cars or anything... Even if horses have the right of way, the most important thing is that EVERYBODY stays safe. And as for the group of 40 horses on a road, that is something I really do not support and-or understand, that is just asking for trouble in my opinion....

The problem is, that to get a traffic proof horse you have to take young inexperienced horses out on roads as nothing else is quite the same.
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