Gen lives in a total horse centric area. How horse centric? There is a big trail system (Gen’s barn connects in the back of the farm) in the area. Correct me if I am wrong locals, but I believe it is 400 acres of marked trails (for those of you out west it might not seem like a lot, but around here that is huge). The picture above is a very common site for me, at least every other week I see horses on the road. Between the local hunt club, trail riders and those on a hunter paces the roads are often shared with horses, cars, bikes and motorcycles.
I could have easily been a part of the picture above. Except that if that were a picture of me I would be the person in the car. You see, the thing is I have a HUGE fear of road riding. It literally is one of my biggest riding fears.
I don’t know if it is because I have seen the horse whisperer too many times, had too many close calls myself, or because I once witnessed a very dangerous situation, but the thought of riding on the road is truly terrifying to me.
Lucky lives literally 3/4 of a mile from the Local Show Grounds. I would rather make the 45 minute drive each way in my truck though just to avoid riding on the road. So what made me think of this? On Sunday I was driving up to the barn and there was a local hunter pace going on. The Finish Line was at a local farm about 1/2 a mile from the start line. That meant that competitors had to ride on the road to get back to their trailers. No big deal right? Except that the road is 45 mph, has no shoulder and is a blind turn. That is exactly the situation between Lucky’s and the Local Show Grounds which is why I won’t do it.
Except that people did do it last weekend. Lots of them. And they all seemed so…calm.
I passed 5 pairs on way to and from the barns. Out of the 10 horses I saw 7 were being ridden on the buckle and only 2 riders total even glanced at me in my car.
How do you do that? How do you calmly ride down the road when cars THAT CAN KILL YOU are zipping along? It was stressing me out just being that close to the horses! Twice in the past few years I have been driving along only to have the hunt coming flying across the road in front of me with not a lot of time to stop (once was a lovely tire screeching stop). The riders and horses never seem phased, but I am terrified and shaken up when that happens.
I know I am not the bravest rider in the world, but I am okay. I love to go out on trail rides and don’t let too much get in my way. Roads though are scary.
How do all you people who ride on the road do it? I know Lucky would’t care because I have gone to the end of the driveway and she never even flinches. She will just look back up at me like I am a moron every time I jump when a tractor trailer or big truck goes by. I would love to ride to the Local Show Grounds, but I just don’t know if I have it in me. I think I would faint from fright on the 3/4 mile trip over!