Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
See..I use to move out in front of someone that came flying. Everyone knows the damage a deer can do to a car..a horse is what, at least double the size? Plus, they're going to be paying the price of your horse and all medical bills if they DO hit you. I have never seen someone not slow down and cautiously pass if I moved over. I have the right of way. If I get hit, it's going to be their fault and they're going to get beat into the hospital themselves if I'm good enough to get up.
Then again, I do know that there are a few that have no idea of laws..same as a pedestrian, your car hits them, you're screwed.
If I know who it is or they slow down, ill trot to the opposite lane (depending on where I'm riding) or into someone's yard and stop until they pass. I don't have an issue with anyone that slows down to ask a few questions and chat for a second, I'd like to promote horses. I've purpously crossed the road to talk to someone that got lost. She was looking at my horse while trying to do her GPS. Had a lovely conversation and found that she misses her horse that passed and she hasn't been in a finacial position to own one yet.
BUT, I also made sure my horse was road safe..ST was fine with blasting music, honking, brakes squealing, cars getting REALLY close, the f450 utility trucks, etc. While I won't purposely cause an accident by allowing my horse to jump out in front of a moving vehicle, I have slowly angled into the road so that they were forced to slow down. Anyone with even the slightest common sense (apparently not that old granny, lol) knows that they very well might end up with a totalled vehicle, their own medical bills, your medical bills, and pay the value of your horse that they hit and eother killed on spot or the medical bills for said horse if you decide to go that route.
Although, that happened rarely as everyone that drives the road regularly has seen me riding..so not too many issues unless someone decides to follow gps to rt30.
I do hope you get better and won't be scared to keep riding on the road though. I love road riding for the looks I get and the occasional conversations. I'm beyond excited for summer because I'm taking Alahna down to the ice cream shop about a quarter mile up the road from my new barn..I'm sure I'll get all the stares and conversations I could ask for, haha.
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