The following is a Public Service Announcement video educating drivers on the proper etiquette to safely navigate driving and sharing the road with riders on horseback.
I have ridden horses for decades and have owned my own horses for the past 15 years or so. Part of riding has involved getting from point A to point B using public roads and every horse owner I know has a story to tell of encountering not just clueless drivers but evil, aggressive drivers who intentionally behave in a way that is designed to spook the horses. My own story was when I was in my late teen riding a friend’s horse down a 2 lane country road. A motorcyclist passed us and then we watched in increasing dismay and concern as he turned around and came back only this time coming closer to the horses. He repeated this two more times, getting so close on the last pass that I could have stuck my leg out and touched him. Fortunately our horses were unfazed but the motorcyclist’s intentions were clear. He was trying to spook the horses into freaking out.
I now own driving ponies and when I have time I hitch up Twinkle for a drive down one of the two lane country roads near me. My equines are extensively trained to be road worthy but they are still flesh and blood creatures who can react unpredictably if the right circumstances occurred. I haven’t encountered any dangerous creeps yet while driving but that may be due to knowing nearly all my neighbors who are the likeliest to be driving the same roads I am.