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post #11 of 21 Old 10-17-2015, 03:55 PM
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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).
Lol, there you go is right

It must be a private road? That does put a different twist on things. The roads I used when I had young horses were busy state highways and county roads that people drove like a bat of h--- to get to the state highway

My grandfather was insistent I rode with the traffic, as he felt riding against traffic might make a horse more inclined to rear, as opposed to spooking sideways and/or into the ditch.

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The reason a horse is led on it's left side is because it's his thinking side. If you switch sides, you are dealing with his reactionary side. Perhaps the wording means you shall walk on the right side of the road which puts you between the vehicle and the horse. If it spooks it will move away from traffic.



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post #13 of 21 Old 10-17-2015, 05:29 PM
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The reason a horse is led on it's left side is because it's his thinking side. If you switch sides, you are dealing with his reactionary side.
Can't say I have ever heard this before. Where does it come from? Would love to read the research.


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I never gave it much thought about which side of the road to ride or lead a horse on except that I might opt for one side if there was more room to get off the road there if necessary. I usually lead being on the left side but like to have horses leading well from both sides, and would like to be between the horse and traffic or anything else the horse might be nervous about. I just made the comment to a coworker last week who had to lead one horse through another's paddock, that it would have been safer to stay between the horse they were leading and the loose horse even though that would have meant leading from the right side.
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post #15 of 21 Old 10-18-2015, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Lol, there you go is right

It must be a private road? That does put a different twist on things.
Nope, it's the public road traffic road. The discord comes from the fact that horse riding is handled by one (tiny) article and leading an animal is described in a different article so they created this nonsensical situation. I have confirmed the situation with traffic regulatory body.
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Can't say I have ever heard this before. Where does it come from? Would love to read the research.
I always thought it came from the calvary. They carried their swords on their left hip so that they would be able to draw them with their right hand. If the walked or got on a horse from its right they would poke it with the sword. I think
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I don't tend to ride in the road, if I can avoid it, but often ride along the side of the roads around our place. I almost always ride against the flow of traffic, unless I have no room on that side, or the footing is really bad. I don't care what the law says, I don't trust drivers to have any interest in my safety, so I want to see them coming and be able to keep an eye on them as they approach and pass me. I have had someone swerve into me, I guess trying to spook my horse (or maybe they weren't paying attention, on their cell or something?), if I had my back to them, I almost certainly would've been hit. But because I was facing them and saw it coming I was able to quickly get out of the way.
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We lead horses from their left not because it is the thinking side of their brain but from old days of men wearing swords on their left same as for mounting. Back then a brain was a brain and left and right sides unheard of!

Plus the fact that a horse will lead perfectly well from the right as long as it is taught just as it is taught to lead from the left.

I can honestly say that in all the years of riding and more often than not ponying that the led horse acted no differently whichever side it was being led from.

In the UK it was that you led a horse or walked facing the traffic so, we drove on the left so we led and walked on the right.

The increase in traffic that is a lot faster, twisty roads makes leading a horse on the right not at all safe so I lead on the left of the road and keep the horse to the inside.

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Hi Horsef, All.

My animals are routinely both led, and mounted from the off-side (right side), so they have learned not to care which side I'm on. If I have to lead them _beside_ a road with much traffic, I will walk facing oncoming traffic, with the animal on the outside. In the USofA, this translates to walking on the left side of the road, and leading on the right side of the horse.
If there is a shoulder, I will walk as far off of the road as possible; right up against the fence line if there is one, even if it means wading thru weeds and such.
I really try not to lead, (or ride) _on_ a busy road. If I do have to get on the road (say to cross a bridge or something), honestly, I will go right down the middle of the lane, so drivers are forced to acknowledge me (and either wait, or pass appropriately), and then get off the road as soon as possible.
IMO, this is about the most unsafe thing you and your horse can do together, so please Be Careful.

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Thank you all, I think the consensus is that I should break the law and I'll be doing that. I just wanted to confirm that my act of rebellion against the establishment is justified :)
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