I live in the middle of the woods, so there isn't really any space to ride on my property. When I want to ride for any length my only option is to take the horses out on the back roads around my house. Now this wouldn't be a problem except for that the most recent time I have ridden out there was the first real ride outside of the yard for my young stallion. Everything was going well, he is a dream to ride and was ripping up the trail like we do it every day, crossing water etc like an old pro. However various types and sizes of cars/trucks travel these roads and a couple of them refused to slow down/get over. One of them (blue dodge #1) Sadik and I were in the middle of a very small road, maybe 6ft across and the driver came around a corner at us, I held up my hand in the stop signal and she kept driving at us, I was attempting to get him calmed down enough that I could get off and get to the side of the road, he wasn't having that truck coming at us, it was making him really nervous. I finally bail off him and get to the side of the road when she is less than 2 ft from hitting us with the front of her truck. I try to explain to her that he is green and that I am putting miles on him and she scoffs at me from her brand new truck telling me she would never take a green horse on the trail.
A few miles later after getting plenty of respect riding along the side of a paved road we are back on dirt, a small truck comes towards us, slows down and gets over, the truck behind them (blue dodge #2) neither slows down nor gets over, this is a 10ft road at least and Sadik and I are on the side of it, as he is blasting past, Sadik who has clearly had enough of people endangering him and his person turns and nails the side of this guys fancy dully with a back hoof. He only left a small scratch and this guy was all fine and dandy until he realized that we must have been the poeple that the "lady" in the first blue dodge told him about. He proceded to get all stupid and told me that before I take any horse on the trail I should "run them to death in a pasture until they listen" Meanwhile the laws here clearly state that moterists are to give ample room and respect to anyone on/ handling/ or diving a horse on ANY road. We left when he continued to spew ignorance about how (based on his assumption of my age) he has ridden more horses than I ever will.... I wonder how many of them were because he rode them to death?
I am so ready to move *sigh*