Rude driv­ers

Your Horse (UK) - - Better Riding -

There’s noth­ing more frus­trat­ing for a rider than a driver who doesn’t un­der­stand that your horse isn’t just an­other car. But in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ers are, un­for­tu­nately, a given out hack­ing. “When we ride out we’re wear­ing big flu­o­res­cent po­lice jack­ets,” says Ian, “but peo­ple still take the pol­ish off the side of your boot by driv­ing too quickly past your horses or too close.” While it’s mighty tempt­ing to leap out of your sad­dle and be­gin a tirade at the driver who beeped his horn, los­ing your cool will only up­set your horse. Your mood and re­ac­tions trans­late down the reins, which means that when you get in a flap, you’ll tense up – and so will your horse. To prevent this, fo­cus on keep­ing your own re­ac­tions cool and steady when the traf­fic gets frus­trat­ing. “if the op­por­tu­nity presents it­self, then we’ll speak to the driv­ers and tell them what they should take into ac­count when rid­ing past horses. But we do it in the right man­ner,” says Ian. It’s not your job to ed­u­cate rude driv­ers like Ian and Kim, but it’s worth tak­ing note of an in­con­sid­er­ate driver’s reg­is­tra­tion num­ber so you can re­port the in­ci­dent to the po­lice after your ride. If you have a stretch of road that at­tracts speedy driv­ers, then you could even get in touch with your lo­cal po­lice branch and have a con­ver­sa­tion about ar­rang­ing a mo­bile speed cam­era visit to the area that’s caus­ing prob­lems for horse rid­ers.

Re­main calm but vig­i­lant while you’re out on roads so you can take avoid­ing ac­tion as nec­es­sary

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