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Horses have a right to be on the road too!

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This is very simple!  All horse riders/owners on the roads are not stuck up, posh and snobby.  In fact the majority of us work really hard to afford what we do and go without other things so we can own or ride a horse.

I understand that encountering horses on the road can be tiresome and may take up much needed time to pass them safely, and then to not be thanked by a rider is just galling, but there are rude people in all walks of life, drivers often witness other drivers being inconsiderate, pedestrians stepping out in front of them, drivers doing dangerous things like drink driving or speeding, but everyone is not tarred with the same brush.  There is nothing more frightening than having your stirrup whipped out from underneath you by a wing mirror!

"You shouldn't ride your horse on the road if you can't control it!..."

Horses riding on the road Please drivers, consider that when a horse rider asks you to stop or slow down it is not because we want to be awkward, we have a very good reason, like we can see over the hedge and can see a car coming the other way, or some prat on the pavement thinks it's funny to wave a plastic bag in the horses face and we know it is going cause an issue.  And the cry of "You shouldn't ride your horse on the road if you can't control it!" goes up, very true but consider this, has your dog ever slipped it's collar and run off?  Just once?  Has your child ever done anything like run away for a bit of fun and get too near the road?  Your cat never had a near miss dashing across the road?  These are all unpredictable events, as are most incidents that happen with horses.  But have you ever wanted kids, dogs and cats banned from the roads? Do you refuse to slow down when a child is too near the road?  Or a dog is loose running down the road?

Just because we are on horses doesn't mean we are automatically rude, inconsiderate and stuck up!  The next time you sigh and moan because there are horses in front of you please remember that the person on that horse is probably just as hardworking as you, on just as tight a schedule and could be the person who serves you at the supermarket, or looks after you elderly relative for a pittance to afford a sport we love!  We are only asking that we can be safe and not have our lives put in danger because people are too busy to slow down or have stereotyped horse riders as 'Hooray Henry's'.  We have a right to use the roads, but more so, we have a right to be safe and so do our horses!


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Carlos

Carlos

The facts are, we are in 2020, not 1820, horses should no longer be ridden on public roads, they cause mess, delays, and are big, heavy, skittish animals that now should be ridden off road only. I'm sure some people will freak when I say, Cyclists shouldn't be on the road either, Neither groups pay anything to maintain the roads, don't get me going on Caravans either, why buy a big aluminum box on wheels, hook it onto your car (Causing it to burn copious amounts of fuel), and drag it around the country , to put it in a field somewhere in Cornwall, when It would be cheaper and more environmentally friendly to stay in a proper hotel. or if you love sleeping in a wheeled contraption, get a camper so long as it's not the size of Belgium as some are. That way the roads would be safer for everyone...
02/02/20 Carlos
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Folksy

Folksy

If you don't understand the countryside and the people who live and work there, don't go there. Simple.
23/05/14 Folksy
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collar

collar

Quite correct Treecreeper. The roads should be a place of punishment, not a soft surface for feets. If necessary we should build more bridlways. We would find the money if it was concerning immigrants.
J mentions wrong road signals - that is a separate argument - if you follow that to its conclusion you would not have any horses for anyone.
Also, yes, bring back nosebags.
23/05/14 collar
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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

People who ride horses on urban roads are horrible snobs full stop.
23/05/14 Dead and Buried
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treecreeper

treecreeper

well if I had a horse. and I cared for the beast, I wouldn't take it on the road. theres plenty of places to trot. if you are willing to take a bunch of horses on country roads. with a million bends to every to every hundred yards. your asking for trouble.
get it down the M1. you be able to get a good gallop up there.
23/05/14 treecreeper
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Baker man

Baker man

Grumpyoldwoman, why do you find life so miserable and lacking? You are the most dreary,depressing sighs i have had the displeasure to encounter. As they say around here, 'Obtain an existence'!
02/11/13 Baker man
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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Karlos, please stop being an ar$£hole dear.
01/11/13 grumpyoldwoman
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jobby

jobby

I too am a horse and each time I gaze in to a looking glass, I shriek and gibber with mirth. The ridiculous musculature, the long,long face and the daft ears, what choice have we got, how do we stop humans breeding us like this for their own personal silly hubris and vast financial gain?
25/10/13 jobby
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Thomas

Thomas

Looks like someone has just come out of a coma and the drugs haven't kicked in yet. I wonder if the doctors know its awake.
24/10/13 Thomas
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Stalag14

Stalag14

"and i bet you drive or ride in cars stalag14"

Nope a horse drawn carriage for me, I like to leave a trail of **** on the road for the peasants to pick up and put on their flowers etc.

If it wasn't for me how would these poor people survive? they cannot afford fertilizer.

Also the clip-clop of hooves on the road brings much merriment to the masses of people who do not possess a musical instrument.

That's one more horse rescued from the lasagna!
13/02/13 Stalag14
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luke

luke

and i bet you drive or ride in cars stalag14

alot of people have double standards.

have you noticed all the flooding etc has started happening since we have been looking after the planet?

over 100 years ago everyone had a coal fire and every city full of smog, how often do you see smog in uk cities, except for london?
13/02/13 luke
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Stalag14

Stalag14

" motor vehicles chuck-out noxious gaseous and particulate pollution that kills tens of thousands of people each year"

Would you p*ss in a bowl of soup?

Yet we allow cars to pollute the very air we breath, how many cases of lung cancer?

Cars kill in many ways, not just by impact.
12/02/13 Stalag14
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Fred

Fred

jobby, it's clear people like you have great difficulty in thinking, I don't need to explain the bleeding obvious. For some no explanation is required, for people like you, no explanation will suffice.

The BMJ want driving curbed, because of the adverse effects of external costs on the population.

http://bma.org.uk/transport
12/02/13 Fred
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Fred

Fred

It's perfectly clear that some drivers are bullies. All bullies are nasty, obnoxious and unpleasant cowards. Driver bullies rely upon engine power, locked doors and steel cage to bully others.
Most bullies are rather stupid too, otherwise they would realise that horse-riders, pedestrians and cyclists too have a right to be on the road. Only motorists are required to show a Vehicle Excise Duty disk to have their vehicle on the road. IIRC, the mandatory insurance came about because of the mayhem that resulted from bad drivers, as did the driving licence.

The really filthy beasts are drivers (thank you 'jobby'), motor vehicles chuck-out noxious gaseous and particulate pollution that kills tens of thousands of people each year, one estimate is for 35,000 deaths per year. If that isn't 'filthy', I don't know what is.
Then there's the noise which also kills.

Then some ignorant fool will trot-out the road-tax argument. Let's make it perfectly clear, motorists do not subsidise everyone else! Everyone else is subsidising motorists!

Despite paying Vehicle Excise Duty and fuel-duty, every registered vehicle in the UK is subsidised by just over £1710 every year, (average, based upon 1 Euro=£0.85, 2008 figures, 2012 report), that means that driving is hugely subsidised. Non-drivers are being ripped-off. This subsidy averages-out at ~£200 per 1000 miles is due to external costs, which are incurred by driving, but passed-on to society and paid by the taxpayer.

The True Costs of Automobility: External Costs of Cars
Overview on existing estimates in EU-27
Final Report
TU Dresden
Chair of Transport Ecology
Prof. Dr. Ing. Udo J. Becker
Thilo Becker
Julia Gerlach
Dresden, October 12th, 2012

GIYF
12/02/13 Fred
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A rider

A rider

Listen up all you drivers who think it's acceptable to ram/scare/intimidate horses with your car - a driver has just been JAILED for dangerous driving for reversing into a lady on a horse. He stopped his van, got out, had a go at her at threatened her, got back in drove off a few feet and then reversed into the horse, pinning it against a wall. It was only at that point the horse reacted and reared up, throughout the incident before the horse was calm and controlled. Why did the guy do that? Because the lady asked him to slow down with a hand signal. He's gone down for 11 months and lost his licence. Good, there is no excuse. Oh and by the way, car owners pay CAR tax, not road tax, so don't come back with that old chestnut, if the government wanted me to pay a tax to use the road then I would. Maybe because horses cause no where near as much damage to roads as cars, there is no need.
14/04/12 A rider
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