Re: [RC] riding out - DESERTRYDR1
I used to do a fair amount of road riding, mainly because it was that or stay
in the arena. I was out in the country aways, but we still had traffic. The
biggest problem was that if you are riding on a road, people probably live on
it, and many of them have dogs who think it is their god-given right to bark
at and chase any horse that gets within 100 feet of THEIR property. That and
SOME drivers are just plain rude. I had a spooky Arabian mare, and tried to
stay as far off the actual road as I could, but there are lots of places you
have to ride on a narrow shoulder or directly on the roadway. Now that I
have a trailer, I almost NEVER go out on the roads. Too much hassle, too
much chance of a disaster.
That said, I think that every horse should learn to go down the road, and it
IS a part of my early training, I just haven't had a young horse in about 3
years. I would never ride on busy roads where there is a steady stream of
traffic unless I could get at least 20 feet off the roadway. Sometimes you
just don't have a choice. Truthfully, I was never afraid, even when I should
have been. If I were afraid while I was riding in ANY area, I wouldn't do
it, because that transmits to the horse, and makes the whole situation spin
out of control at the least disturbance. jeri
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