Leading a horse on a public road
I was always told to lead a horse on his left side. However, our traffic law says that any animal should be led on its right hand side when on public roads, effectively puting the horse closer to traffic (we drive on the right).
I'm thinking that it might be dangerous if the horse spooks as I've noticed that they usually swing away from me and that would put the horse's hind end into the road.
On the other hand, if the horse spooks into me and I'm on its left side (closer to traffic) it could push me into the road. How often would a horse spook into its handler?
Which is safer, puting the horse or the handler closer to trafic?