Ban all horses from our roads

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  1. signs

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    If you live in a town or a city this might not affect you too much this one - but as where I live in the country this winds me up.
    Firstly, I was driving down a road the other day, doing about 30mph when I go round a corner and was met by a huge horse and rider in the road who gave me the v's.
    I stopped the car and got out and the 'lady' started giving me a right mouthful about slowing down for horses. I've never heard such language from a woman, and I've been around !

    So, I call for all horses to be banned from public roads because;
    1/ they don't pay any road tax
    2/ if a dog craps anywhere the owner has to pick it up by law, if a horse does it they just leave it
    3/ they are a major danger to traffic (ask Leslie Crowther's wife)

    Rant over :hiya:
     
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    I dont think a roads are for a horses. Fair enough police horses but nothing else. :)
     
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    1. Neither do cyclists.

    2. Neither do humans (sorry, slightly weak argument there! :D ).

    3. So are many other road users.


    If you are driving sensibly and in accordance with your surroundings (eg. in a country lane, 30mph is probably too fast on a blind corner), horses shouldn't be a problem IMO.
     
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    signs I couldn't agree more.

    I've no problem with people who want to ride horses through fields, on the beach etc if that's their thing, but I get wound up on occasions when they turn around whilst sat on their horse as I approach in my car and give me that "hey you, slow down to less than walking pace..... I'm on a horse" look!

    Yes, get them off the road.
     
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    Yes, and whilst were on the subject ban all of the decrepid old horse transports that travel on average between 15-20mph belching out thick diesel smoke all over the place.
     
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    I'm sure that the Romans wouldn't have bothered teaching us how to build roads if they knew that we would allow horses to get in the way of the cars
     
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    Rabbits, that’s what we should be joining forces to ban from our roads.
    At least a horse will move over to the side and give you a bit of room, but not those darn rabbits, no chance, they just sit there daring you to run them over and when you do, splat! They got you, spraying their guts and blood all over your clean car, b******s, I hate them and I have never seen anyone of the hundreds I have run over ever clean themselves up from the road.

    :D :D :D
     
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    Agreed with some of them points the horse riders also have been known to ride over playing areas where children play football etc and leave deep hollows in the soil, which can be dangerous.
    They also a you say leave piles of muck behind and never clean up yet dog owners are fined.
     
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    Horsemeat is very good to eat. I eat it all the time.If more people did this it would reduce the number on the roads. Treat them like cows I say.
    End this racial discrimination.:mad:
     
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    In my younger days I recall all of the householders rushing out with their spades to grab the manure to spread on their gardens.
     
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    Yes, I seem to recall there were fisticuffs in our street as the menfolk would s crap over the much sought after substance.....winner took all .....in the end
     
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    and the winner probably had the best roses in his garden :)
     
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    We have a pony and loads of pony poo to give away to anyone who wants it.
    I strongly disagree with the sentiment of this thread. Your one experience of someone with road rage on a horse is no different than an experience with someone being an equal arse in a car.
    If you want to ban horses from roads, you may as well ban Christmas, Bonfire night and all the other fine traditions which make our country what it is.
     
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    YOU are giving advice about driving safely................:rotfl:
     
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    I think we have been through this on the other thread, lets not sabotage this one :rolleyes: .
     
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    I've got to disagree with some of your points - the arse in the car would probably be going above 4mph as is the norm for most horses on the road. Also, I believe that you are a motorcyclists like myself and the only thing i fear more than a volvo is meeting a slow horse on a road.horses and harris exhaust don't mix
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    p.s keep horses in fields
     
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    I think I'm going to have to agree with Stuart here.

    I actually like seeing horses on our roads, it reminds me of easier simpler times...daft I know but thats just me.

    I also used to own a horse when I was younger & loved rideing him, shame he was put to work when he got old enough & I couldnt ride him any longer :(

    I couldnt picture them not being on the roads.
    Ok so they may be a nuiscance for the couple of minutes your behind one before you can get past but surely it's not that bigger deal that they should be banned???

    Neil
     
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    You should live where I live !! :)
     
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    You should live in Newmarket - horses have the right of way there, and race horses are much more highly strung than the average horse. One impatient driver honked his hooter at a race horse in Newmarket, and the horse promptly did a tap dance all over the bonnet of his car. Then the police did him for driving without due care :)
     
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    Horses on roads? All for it. My wife used to ride, and I've always lived in rural or semi-rural areas, where horses on highways are a common and, IMO, welcome sight. Also, dropped horse manure is still less unpleasant than foul exhaust emissions.
     
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    Horses are the work of the devil, if you don't believe me then why do you think are they the four horsemen of the appocolypse, and not just the four men of the appocolypse? ey ey

    They should all be made into glue.
     
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    There are millions of horses on the planet. Who needs THAT much glue? :D
     
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    The kebab industry of Newcastle.
     
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    They put glue in kebabs up there? No wonder they're so hard to understand ...
     
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    I love horses and used to own one as a child. And I think they should NOT be allowed on the roads.

    I thank you!
     
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    My gf rides, but I have a completely different view to her.
    An earlier comment stated that 30mph is too fast on a blind bend??
    30 is nearly standing.. and not too fast on a bend. The problem is that ..
    If it was a stationary car around the bend, you would stop in time.
    If it was a cyclist, you would go round it, or stop.
    But if its a horse, you cant just go around it without scaring it, and if you stop.. you scare the sh*t out the horse.. (and theres already enough of that on the roads around me).
    Its really unfair on the horse to take it on the road, for its own safety, the fact that they get scared and cant always be controlled when spooked, and that concrete doesnt help their hooves.

    Put it this way, do we allow cows on the road? Or dogs??
    For the most part, things are fine with horses.. its just that element of risk with a horse.

    The basic problem isnt the horse, but the rider themselves. If you are going to take it on a road, it needs to be done where there is good visibility and with little traffic, for as short a distance as possible.

    Ive seen horses on the road at 5pm on a Friday night... the rider should know better.

    And while they are at it.. ban scooters...

    What gives them the right to overtake you at a traffic light, and pull in front of the white line. If i did that to someone in a car, people would go mad.
    Yet they pull in front of u at the lights.. to save their time, then whine off on a hairdryer at 20mph and get in your way...
    Then, they decide to overtake in heavy traffic and risk losing their limbs...
     
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    They put glue in kebabs everywhere, that is how they hold the meat together, awful I know.
     
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    Depends on the circumstances really doesn't it, in many of the lanes near my house it would be ludicrous to go round some corners at that speed, because there could be any number of hazards 3 or 4 metres in front of you, and at that speed, taking into account reaction time and actual stopping time, chances are you will hit it.


    If it were a stationary car, then you probably wouldn't hit it, but what about a moving car? Many lanes have very few passing places.


    It is only dangerous for the horse (and rider) if YOU, the motorist, are making it dangerous. Likewise, they only get scared if a car speeds past, or as in the case Nick_UK mentions, honks their horn at them. If a horse gets scared simply by being on the road and can't handle a car crawling past at less than 5 miles per hour, then you are quite right; they shouldn't be on the road. And they wear metal shoes to protect their hooves.

    Erm yes...as long as they are under control. Often farmers have to herd cows or sheep from field to field via a short stretch of road.
     
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    I agree.. 30mph may be too fast on a country road..
    My problem is that round here people take horses onto urbanised roads.. that are 40mph limit.. with a few hilly bends that are safe 100% of the time.. unless a horse is hidden from view. For that reason, I approach with caution, but someone unfamiliar would NEVER consider the risk of it.
    Same thing applies to your moving car theory etc... I was talking about my area, which is not 1 track roads etc.. crossed wavelenths :(

    I guess it all comes down to what you will risk.
    Many parents leave a baby in a room with a dog...
    I would never risk it, as even a highly trained dog can easily attack a toddler who is poking it. It is in the papers fairly regularly, yet everybody thinks that "their dog" is 100% safe.
    Its the same with a horse.

    That said.. 50% of drivers shouldnt be on the road. Everybody thinks they drive correctly , and others dont.

    If I had my way, every person on the road would be tested every 5-10 years. If they fail, they lose their license until they pass. It would clear up congestion and vastly improve driving skills.

    Obviously it wont happen as the average person would go mad. But why?? They obviously have something to fear..and that is, that deep down, they know they would fail.

    As you stated, most of the time it is the drivers fault. Idiots tailgate horses, which blatantly scares them.. or overtake, even with oncoming traffic.

    The problem is that every day I could have a crash if I didnt take evasive action, but being a driver, you know how to get out of the way.
    A horse does not have that ability, and is therefore in the hands of the motoring public.

    It may sound sexist, but do you watch women in supermarkets?? They cant even navigate trolleys without running people over, pulling out into aisles without looking, or parking it right where people want to be.

    How do you honestly expect them to make it home 100% safely in something 100 times or more the power of a horse :(
     

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