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Horse riders that are rude to courteous car drivers

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My drive home takes me along some lovely country roads, the road is wide and quite fast.  For the past two to three weeks I have driven home and about 3 times per week I have met the same lady and daughter and their horse.  Each time I see them I slow right down to a walking pace, and drive past slowly.  Each time I have passed them carefully like this and yet they totally ignore me.

A nod or a wave or even a "mouthed thanks" would have been nice...

This evening the "lady" gave me a filthy look as I passed her.

Okay, I'm in a car and not a horse, but that doesn't mean I am the scum of the earth - so why did she give me such a dirty look as I drove past?  I should think that common courtesy is a two way street.  Luckily for her my window was closed at the time!

Horses, please drive slowly - (c) Matt Whitbby Highway Code: 191: Horse riders. Be particularly careful of horses and riders, especially when overtaking.  Always pass wide and slow.  Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse rider.  Look out for horse riders' signals and heed a request to slow down or stop.  Treat all horses as a potential hazard and take great care.

Maybe it's just me, but a nod or a wave or even a "mouthed thanks" would have been nice.  Whilst not mandatory, some form of courtesy returned would have been appreciated.  I was so angry I almost turned the car around to give her a piece of my mind!  Being a rational person common sense prevailed.  It doesn't take a great deal of effort to be polite and courteous someone shows you consideration!

Well if that's the way things are with horse riders and cars, starting tomorrow I will not "slow down for horses", well this particular one anyway!

By: Pugs


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Brianna

Brianna

Honestly, I agree with you. I noticed myself over the past 2 weeks horse ranch owners are VERY rude. I tried to get a job at both Mountain Creek and Pocono Manor and both places had RUDE owners. I love horses but how can anyone ride locally or just volunnteer/work if the people are so rude?
Brianna
21st Jul 11 11:07

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Nikki

Nikki

Harsh??? Are you f****** kidding me?

Don't get me started ... and I most certainly have NOT missed you!!
Nikki
20th Jul 11 10:07

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karlosthejackel

karlosthejackel

Bit harsh???
Ive missed you.
karlosthejackel
19th Jul 11 05:07

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Nikki

Nikki

"Erm Nicola,
I think you'll find horses do fly. . . . . if you crash into them fast enough xxx" ...

so do motorcyclists
Nikki
14th Jul 11 09:07

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John McClane

John McClane

Oh for crying out loud dont get the senile old tart started again, everyone on here has heard her sympathy seeking story about 800 times already.
John McClane
10th Jul 11 09:07

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karlosthejackel

karlosthejackel

Erm Nicola,
I think you'll find horses do fly. . . . . if you crash into them fast enough xxx
karlosthejackel
10th Jul 11 08:07

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Nikki

Nikki

Jeremy Clarkson: Until the law changes, you can pontificate all you like about 1876. The law is the law, and as of now the road is NOT just for cars, and how you think that horses reach these Elysian fields that somehow magically we all have permission from every land owner to ride in I have no idea. Unlike the mythical Pegasus (off you run now to Wikipedia, because you will doubtless have absolutely no idea who or what Pegasus was), horses cannot fly.
Nikki
26th Jan 11 09:01

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Boblet

Boblet

What a load of manure, your name sake Jeremy Clarkson is a head to toe Wally, he says Hammer Head thinking it is the cool description of a T junction, it is not. I don't think anybody needs to remember the manure you or him spout
Boblet
26th Jan 11 06:01

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Captain Slow & The Hamster

Captain Slow & The Hamster

As well as horses going from field to bridle path & back of course!
Captain Slow & The Hamster
26th Jan 11 03:01

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Captain Slow & The Hamster

Captain Slow & The Hamster

jezza, if you're 17 and have passed your driving test you ought to know this; lorries, vans, bicycles, motor bikes, mopeds, mobility scooters capable of doing 4 - 8mph, pedestrians where there is no pavement, cows being moved for milking, traction engines, and probably some we've forgotten are all for roads; not just cars.
Captain Slow & The Hamster
26th Jan 11 03:01

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mrsgiddyup

mrsgiddyup

I'm a horserider with a young horse. I really appreciate drivers that slow down and pass wide. At the weekend I had a driver miss my horses leg by a few inches as he raced past without slowing down a single track, we had nowhere to go. Thought we were going to end up dead.

Personally as a horserider when I see other people riding and not saying thankyou when I stop or slow down, it's really bad. I think it's rude when drivers do slow down and the rider does not indicate a thankyou by a hand, nod of head or even a smile (I do all three). Sadly the minority ruin it for the rest of us.
mrsgiddyup
5th Jan 11 12:01

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Congo

Congo

Pugs.

Horse riders are no more or less intelligent, educated, polite, well-mannered or courteous than the average person.

A slight inclination to smugness or self-satisfaction on the part of more than a few although to be fair, it is somewhat difficult not to look down one's nose at drivers when on a horse due to the difference in height between a saddle and a car seat.
Congo
8th Dec 10 07:12

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Heather

Heather

Dont let one impolite rider stop you from slowing down for other riders - because the one time you dont is the one time you could get a ton of horse through your windscreen and thats not going to be pleasant at all. You are clearly a safe driver, stay that way. I always smile and nod or wave at drivers who slow down for me - they sometimes glare at me as if Im causing them a major hassle cause they are having to slow down - doesnt mean I stop saying thank you because I am a polite person and better than them.
Heather
25th Sep 10 05:09

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Horse of Judgement

Horse of Judgement

Good you know the highway code, nice you slowed down. But you are obliged to do so because horses are vulnerable road users.I always thank driver when I can but sometimes it is not safe to do so.Do you thank every motorist that gives way at a junction or roundabout are you looking for reward from every good deed instantly?

You need to adjust your thinking , that person may have said thanks many times and you missed it. A good driver is a defensive driver that respects the law and highway code and derives pleasure from knowing that everyone likes you. If you post that you will not slow down and something happens to that horse or you turn your car round you will find yourself in court by this post if nothing else.

Michael
Horse of Judgement
6th Sep 10 04:09

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Horsemad

Horsemad

No, please do slow down for other horse owners, but the next time you meet her you might just stop her to enlighten her as to why other motorists do not slow down for horseriders, and it is because of her snooty kind. I go out of my way to thank motorists, talk to pedestrians and cyclists, they are after all doing my horse some good at seeing them all on the road and getting used to them. I recently had a motorist who stopped for several minutes as I calmed down a horse who had spoked because of some cows in a nearby field, He was a godsend and I waved and thanked him and said sorry for delaying him. Speak to this twit of a woman before someone gets hurt.
Horsemad
25th Jul 10 04:07

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