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lhep

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lhep says:

night time riding

hi its been a while since ive been on here but this is irratating me,

there is a girl near where i keep my horses she is a farmers daughter they have quite a bit of land and yet for the last couple of weeks she has insisted on riding down near my fields on a road (a deadend but still used by a fair amount of cars as people walk there dogs down there and there are a couple houses) she also has been crossing the main road which is extremely busy.  riding in the dark does not bother me at all i do it often but she has absolutely NOTHING on that is reflective or even a light coloured piece of clothing on herself or her pony and also lacking a riding hat. fair enough this is her personal preference and i personally go out like a lit up xmas tree, reflective jacket, rug, leg straps for me and horse, nose and head piece and lil lights on me boots.

just wondering what your opinions are and if you ride in the dark what do you where???

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brook

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brook says:

Re: night time riding

Well, firstly I would'nt ride out on any roads in the dark even with lights and reflective gear, it's just too busy where we are and not worth the risk. This girl is an accident waiting to happen ! It's totally stupid and irresponsible, also the poor pony has no choice in the matter and could so very easily get hit by a car. I wonder if her parents or friends know what she is doing, if so they should try to stop her. I do ride on the roads at times and like yourself i make sure that we can be seen, i have hi-viz leg bands, exercise sheet, glove covers and tabard and would'nt go on the road without my hi-viz..

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Looklively

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Looklively says:

Re: night time riding

Yup, I'm a hi-viz girl all the way so totally agree with your comments...  I know its illegal but I have been known to go up onto the verge/ pavement when it gets to dusk or darker - just because i would prefer to pay a fine than to die a horrible death under the wheels of a crazy driver!    As for this girl and her antics, I wonder if she drives herself?  I suspect that she's probably totally unaware of her situation (god knows how).  I can't imagine anyone would knowingly dice with death if they knew how close they were coming... perhaps you can flag her down one day and have a chat - she might appreciate a bit of advice!

Something I would like advice on is how to help keep my girlie calm - she always starts to get a bit sharper as the sun goes down.  I know their eyesight is meant to be better than ours in the dark, but I have a feeling that there might be an instinctive reason for her not to want to be hacking out at that time... or maybe its just me getting twitchy

SLH x

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SaganLover

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SaganLover says:

Re: night time riding

Plenty of Reflective gear, and even on a light evening i would still wear reflective gear because at the moment.. it seems to get dark very quickly so i wouldn't want to be caught with no reflective gear on me and the horse!:)

 

That girl must be very silly not to have reflective gear because it can be a life saver! x

~Horses<3Forever~

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Jojoey

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Jojoey says:

Re: night time riding

I look daft when riding out just before dark, as when I leave the yard it will still be light but always get caught after dark coming back into the farm. I will have a Hi Viz yellow jacket, Hi Viz exercise sheet, reflective leg bands, Hi Viz martingale, Hi Viz hat band and even put a head light you get for cycling clipped to the front of my helmet and a flashing red one clipped to the back on the Hi Viz band which shows the cars from a distance that there is something further down the road instead of just turning a corner and "surprise". I even wear the Hi Viz in the day minus the lights! Better to be safe and be seen, I don't care what a wally I look like in the daylight!

As for not wearing a hat, I had an accident on the horse, wearing a hat, I come off the horse, and damaged my back but had landed on my head when I hit the floor. My old hat had 2 hairline cracks in it and Drs said if I had not been wearing my hat, that would have been my skull! I do keep this hat to show ppl on my yard when they think its clever to ride without the hat! Im in my 30's, been riding all my life and in 6 years of having this horse, I fell off, it was the one and only time I come off him. So it can happen to anyone of any experiance!

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saddlesoap2011

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Re: night time riding

 I probably wouldn't ride in the dark anyway but if she is only a young girl maybee you should have a chat with her parents I a, sure they will be very worried to know this and make sure she always wears hi vis wether it's light or not I do anyway when out hacking in the day I alway wear a hi vid jacket over my coat hope helps xxx

 

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: night time riding

Yup!  If you know her parents you could "share your concerns" with them.  I remember how as a teenager cyclist I could never understand the need for lights as I could see perfectly well and she probably feels the same.  Not long ago I nearly took out a cyclist on a dark roundabout.  Another car coming towards me with headlights on and he just got lost in the shadows as she would... I missed him by inches - when I suggested to him he might like to get some lights (or hi viz!) he told me where to get off (with several expletives!!) so I told him next time I wouldn't brake and the world would be better off with one less idiot (or words like it!) GRRRR!

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Buster21

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Buster21 says:

Re: night time riding

Hi, I'm about to join the night time riders as my hours at work have now changed, not for the better!! Fortunatley the clocks will change soon so not too many months but will have to gat hrough all of next winter.  I 'm not too sure what Buster will make of it but we are lucky that we can ride round the farm and not do any road work, even so I'm still planning to wear my hi viz and dad has just go me a very bright head torch.  If doing road work during the day I always wear my hi viz tabbard, better safe than sorry!!

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**Haflinger21**

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Re: night time riding

Simply put she is an idiot lol!  It scares me when I am driving in the dark and I struggle to see people walking on the pavements!  I do hack in the dark but only on quiter roads and covered head to toe in high viz and flashing lights.  A police man actually drove past with his window down the other week and said "nice and bright luv - nice and bright!" slightly embarassing but at least I was seen :)

 

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