Re: [RC] riding out - Sullivan
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From: "Alice Yovich" <a.yovich@xxxxxxxxx>
> Ok, I'm curious how many of you guys ride out on busy roads? I've been
> hesitant to do this, worried that people would be rude to me and my
> horse.I'm curious how many of your bravely face this each day and how did
> you get past being afraid (if you ever were)
> Alice Yovich, MA, MT-BC
> Mommy, Horse lover, Music Therapist
Since most drivers seem to have forgotten that little part in the vehicle
code that says
to "slow down when approachingh horses and look to the rider,", you have to
that, first of all, the majority are idiots and will just go screaming by.
It IS a good thing for
horses to be used to this...but by all means, get them used to it where you
have a pretty
wide shoulder to get away should something really, really scary come by.
Also be aware
of loose dogs in pickup trucks that will lunge to the side barking as the
When I have gone down the road in groups, especially with KIDS, I would ride
white mare (visible), who was pretty darn bombproof. I was pretty confident
of riding right into the lane
of oncoming cars (at least a ways away), with my hand up...to slow them
down, or stop, so
the kids on horses could get by safely!! Look like you MEAN IT, when you ask
them to slow down!
Another thing you can do....if this is a road you use often, and other
riders, is give the county
a writen request to put up signs showing a horse and rider, with the words
on it, SLOW FOR
HORSES. I went to our county with requests for signs in three places, and
the signs were up
in less than a week. You will feel more justified in asking drivers to slow
down, if the signs are
Well, also ,use some common sense...don't venture out on that green horse
alone! I also made
a point to pony all my young horses along traffic, off the older ones.
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- [RC] riding out, Alice Yovich