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post #1 of 21 Old 10-17-2015, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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Just curious where you live.. as your post makes me wonder what the actual law is in the state I live in.

At any rate, I always put myself between the horse and traffic if I am leading on a road, figuring the horse is more likely to spook away from the traffic. I also want to have a clear view of the road.
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Just curious where you live.. as your post makes me wonder what the actual law is in the state I live in.

At any rate, I always put myself between the horse and traffic if I am leading on a road, figuring the horse is more likely to spook away from the traffic. I also want to have a clear view of the road.
I'm currently in Balkans but I don't think the legislation was focused on horses as there are very few around. I think it was written with cattle in mind.

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Can you copy exactly what your laws says?

"However, our traffic law says that any animal should be led on its right hand side when on public roads." "Should be led" is different from shall be lead.


What side of the road are you walking on? Against or with the flow of traffic?

Because leading the horse from the right hand side, but if one drives on the right hand side but where to walk on the left hand side, then one would have the horse furthest away from the traffic.

Personally, I walk between the horse and traffic.
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Can you copy exactly what your laws says?

"However, our traffic law says that any animal should be led on its right hand side when on public roads." "Should be led" is different from shall be lead.


What side of the road are you walking on? Against or with the flow of traffic?

Because leading the horse from the right hand side, but if one drives on the right hand side but where to walk on the left hand side, then one would have the horse furthest away from the traffic.

Personally, I walk between the horse and traffic.
Sorry, I bungled the translation, the law states that all animals must be led on their right hand side, without a conditional safety clause. They must be led with the flow of traffic. As I said, I think they had cattle in mind when they wrote it.
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I don't know about laws but I personally feel comfortable leading on the side of traffic that comes toward me, that way he can see what's coming close right away, and he has room to spook if something from behind comes up fast. I just feel unsafe with traffic coming up RIGHT next to him from behind.
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We always lead with traffic on the left side of the horse.
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I have never led any horse down the road.

They didn't go on the road until they were old enough to be ridden, I have lived in four states, always ridden With the traffic, and I've never been advised by the law to do any different.

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I have never led any horse down the road.

They didn't go on the road until they were old enough to be ridden, I have lived in four states, always ridden With the traffic, and I've never been advised by the law to do any different.
The reason I'm asking is that there is a road which I will have to use on which leading is allowed but riding is not (I know, it doesn't make any sense but there you go).
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I have never led any horse down the road.

They didn't go on the road until they were old enough to be ridden.
This is interesting! I started leading my colt on road walks when he was nine months old. Gives him something new to look at and helps him later with trusting me as a strong leader.
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