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.

Karin Bauer

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.

Lynn Brown

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?

Come join us around the vir­tual camp­fire! We ap­pre­ci­ate your feed­back, as well as pho­tos, trail sto­ries, tips, and quips. Find us on Face­book (www.face­book.com/thetrail rider), send an e-mail to rri­ley@aim­me­dia.com, or mail a let­ter to René E. Ri­ley, Ed­i­tor, The Trail Rider, P.O. Box 553, Ev­er­green, CO 80437.

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