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post #11 of 18 Old 04-03-2016, 05:26 PM
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I was just reading a thread about some people not slowing down when passing a horse (I assume that was about UK drivers).
Interesting just how much more polite they can be when you live in a state with open carry laws
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post #12 of 18 Old 04-03-2016, 06:46 PM
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In the UK few people have the chance to not ride on the roads. In rural areas most traffic is very good at slowing to pass horses, majority of riders have the manners to thank them and to pull into a gateway to let cars pass on a twisty road.

I have had many incidents with ride drivers - all in commuter belt areas.

I could take their registration number and report to the police who were good at giving a warning.

One racehorse I had was bad in traffic so I would ride him out very early in the morning. Coming back through the village, wide road and wide grass verges though I didn't ride in the verges as the villagers kept them like a lawn.
A car would swerve across the road and drive at me. He did this three mornings in succession. Forth morning I rode a steady horse, he swerved and came at me, as the horse went onto the verge so I threw a tennis ball sized stone at the car. Good lucky shot, it hit the bonnet (hood) bounced and shattered the windscreen.
Driver called the police. As I pointed out to the cop, not my fault the horse shot to the side and in doing so kicked a stone onto his car.

As the driver was stopped on the wrong side of the road and tyre marks could be seen he got fined and penalty points for careless driving.
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post #13 of 18 Old 04-03-2016, 10:08 PM
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Interesting just how much more polite they can be when you live in a state with open carry laws
Love this!

I can't add to the list as I have had very good experiences with drivers and the road.

Will be checking in for more insight of how it is "away"!
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post #14 of 18 Old 04-03-2016, 10:43 PM
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My favorite is when kids see you coming...so they hop on their ATV and come flying down their yard to say hi...and parents just laugh and watch. Lucky my horse is a saint kids.

When I lived outside of DC I had a lot more trouble with drivers then I do now living in Ohio. I was plodding around bareback one day and a lady stopped to tell me I need to pick up my horses poop in the middle of the road...she shouldn't have to drive through it. I looked at her and smiled and said sorry and went on my way. Now if my horse poops in a driveway? Yes I kick it off...in the middle of the road? No.

People like to zoom past me here but for the most part give me my space. I've found a nice little park 3 miles from my house that I can trailer to and ride all kinds of QUIETTTT backroads though...so now thats my go-to ride pretty much. If I ride from house I'm dealing with way more cars passing me 50mph...not as fun.
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post #15 of 18 Old 04-03-2016, 10:55 PM
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When riding in rural areas sometimes it isn't the drivers that are the only problem. My daughter and I took a two hour ride this afternoon, mainly on local, low traffic neighborhood roads.

At one point we came across three boys sitting up on a berm on the side of the road. They were wearing boy scout uniforms. Two more jumped from the berm into the street like a couple of mountain lions and several others were running around in the juniper brush snapping branches and generally sounding like multiple bears running around.

I rode out ahead of my daughter and struck up a conversation with the boys sitting on the berm. They had just completed their "wilderness" badge. I asked them if they could please stop running around in the woods and jumping out into the street from the bushes at least until my daughter had ridden well past and explained that it can scare the horses and someone might get hurt.

They were all very nice about it. They simply didn't know any better.

Some people just don't know. Some people know better and think it is good for a laugh. The latter are the ones that really tick me off.

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-04-2016, 01:34 AM
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The worst experience I ever had was with a motorcycle police officer zooming past me.

My friends and I were standing in the middle of a paved road on horseback waiting for the parade to start. So all the parade entries, ourselves included, are in the middle of the road. Well, there was a legitimate emergency that we didn't know about at the time, but the police officer zoomed, and I mean zooooooomed right past us riders. I was on my best, horse, but still, I couldn't believe that he would go past us so fast like that, on a motorcycle of all things.

Motorcycles can be scary for horses as it is, but to speed past an entire group of horses!??? We were lucky there weren't horses and riders spattered all over the pavement that day.

What good does it do to get to an accident quickly if you are going to injure other people in the process?

There was another incident (but I wasn't on horseback) where a firetruck came speeding down our dirt road, down the hill, through an intersection and on to where-ever it was going at a really fast speed without even pausing or slowing down! I was like OMG, what if a car was coming, that firetruck would have spun out in the gravel trying to avoid them. VERY scary how reckless the fire department can be!


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post #17 of 18 Old 04-04-2016, 05:29 PM
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Ugh... My husband and I were walking home from the arena Saturday, he was leading my riding horse (as he doesn't really care to ride) and I was ground driving my mini, we live in a small-ish, still rural, but growing town and he was almost run over by someone backing out of their driveway. How in the crap do you not see a horse behind you!? My hubby was mumbling and grumbling about it the whole way home.

Now, that's not necessarily an issue with people not knowing how to drive around a horse... that's just stupid driving in general, LOOK BEHIND YOU AND IN YOUR MIRRORS. I haven't really had an issue yet, but I am worried more and more about people being stupid as the town grows.... hopefully we'll be moved out and into a more rural town by then. Maybe I'll have my own arena and won't have to use the roads. Sigh... if only :)

I feel truly sorry for those of you who experience crap from drivers all the time... :P

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post #18 of 18 Old 04-04-2016, 05:48 PM
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Drivers in my area are USUALLY great. There is one jerk in my neighborhood who has no consideration for anyone, including other drivers and defenseless traffic signs (he has hit 5 in the 4 years I have lived here).

My worst encounter was in the middle of public lands when I ended up in the crossfire of a paintball game. Luckily as soon as my horse let out a dragon snort and I said "Hello!?" someone called ceasefire and they let me through the slot canyon before firing away again. Cruiser just about came out of his skin and was a nervous wreck the rest of the ride home.

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