What is Your Greatest Fear?
On Facebook and in the July/August ’16 issue, we asked: “When you’re riding or traveling with your horse, what is your greatest fear? What steps do you take to feel more at ease?” Here’s a selection of your responses. Other drivers rear-ending or pulling out in front of me, or my trailer coming unhitched. Yup, I get anxiety when I trailer. Vickie Schoenhoff Having the horses come off the highline at night. We put glow sticks on our horses’ halters when we turn in. Joshua Mani
During heavy summer traffic, I’m always concerned about being in an accident on the highway while traveling with my precious horses in the trailer. As a precaution, instead of driving in prime weekend traffic hours, we travel early mornings, or the day before or after a weekend.
Being in a highway accident. I keep a good distance between me and other vehicles, especially the car in front! If someone is tailgating, I slow down to have them go around us. I make sure my running and brake lights work.
Tire blowout and colic. I obsessively check all my tires, as well as my horses’ eating and digestive habits! Karen Cronian Hurley
An accident on the highway or on the trail. Peggy Mangum Harris
Tailgaters. Carol Domansky
Blowouts while traveling at a high rate of speed. Christine E. Sellers
Next question: What is your favorite horse- or riding-related app? Why?
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