Out riding a couple of weeks ago John and I were met by a 4x4 pulling a livestock trailer, one of those closed-in trailers with open slats along each side. My horse just doesn't like them and started to mess around. I wasn't worried and put my leg on to get him past, but he wouldn't go. The friend I was riding with moved her mare in front and we all went through fine.
I was completely shocked when
the driver of the 4x4 - who admittedly had turned off his engine to
avoid frightening the horses further - shouted to me 'they shouldn't be
on the road, they are too dangerous'.
Now I've heard
that some people believe such guff but I've never come across anyone
like that before. Call me naive but I always thought, and still think,
that people are pleased to see horses and riders; they're a reminder of a
more peaceful time when life was lived at a slower pace and folk were
not so stressed out and materialistic, when things other than
The road we were riding along is
not busy with traffic, it is close to Dedham village, it is rural. Our
horses are educated and mature. John is not a youngster, shying away
from the slightest object or noise, he is a school master in every sense
of the word.
The livestock vehicle was noisy with
metal jangling and creaking, and quite frankly it scared him. Obviously.
If the driver had stopped earlier we might well have passed without
problem, but he didn't. At no time did we present a danger to anybody.
do drivers think they own the roads? What represents the biggest danger
- a horse quietly walking, enjoying a country hack or a large, heavy
4x4 towing a trailer, which was frankly going too fast? I know which one
I would rather run into.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
I've been reading a lot in the past few days about what blogging means to different people, what should and shouldn't be said, whether you should allow ads or not and if you do, whether this makes you a good or bad blogger. I've also been reading about things I know nothing about such as 'linkys', which make me realise once again that I have so much to learn about the whole thing.