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Old 04-28-10, 04:53 AM   #1
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Running with the Clydes

I'm unable to ride my commute this week to due a perfect storm of evening activities that our two daughters are involved in, and my wife's work schedule.

So while daughter one was at swim practice yesterday evening I was able to get in a ride - albeit a pretty cold one. It was snowing slightly (Southern Tier of New York) when I started, then it got sunny after about 10 minutes.

Just after the sun came out I rounded a bend over a small hill, and saw a horse boarding/training farm. And right there next to me was one giant male Clydesdale, and three females. I stopped to admire them, and chatted a bit to the male who was just 10 feet from me. As I started down the slight grade he apparently wanted to go for a run, so he and one of the females broke into a light gallop of around 20/22 mph. It didnt' last long, maybe 70 yards. And it clearly wasn't much effort for them. But it was absolutely amazing to have these two huge, powerful, majestic horses thundering along beside me.

Inspired, I hammered for a few miles before the strong head and crosswinds got the best of me.

It's not so bad, being a clyde.
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Old 04-28-10, 05:10 AM   #2
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Horses love to run with cyclists, I see it all the time which I'm very appreciative of and I don't even like horses. You also did a good thing without knowing it or maybe you did. What I mean is this, I have relatives who breed horses for a living and always remind people on bikes to talk with the horses before you get up to them especially when on a bike as the horse may see you as a threat and go squirelly which is not so good if they have a rider aboard.
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Old 04-28-10, 05:12 AM   #3
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Sounds beautiful!!! I lvoe horses - and it's always fun to watch them run!!! To ride with them must have been fantastic.
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That's awesome! Must have been a great feeling. There's quite a few places around my area here that have horses, haven't seen any Clydesdales but who knows, maybe I'll get lucky one day and see some.
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I went for a ride a couple weeks ago into some neighboring cities, and found myself on a farm with a horse pasture. They seemed curious, and I hadn't seen a horse in a while, so I approached their fence. When I got there, the horse was very interested in my bike. It let me pet its nose, but mostly wanted to sniff and nudge my handlebars. I like to imagine that the horse knew some humans ride horses, and some humans ride bikes, and liked my choice.

It must have been great to ride with them at speed!
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it's moments like with these horses that make cycling so great. I bet we all have similar "man, I had the neatest experience" ride stories.
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That must've been so great! Now I want to ride with horses.
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This is Sophie and her human Katie. We met in August 2008 on the C & Canal Towpath, north of White's Ferry. I rode with them for a mile or two - not alongside, since I didn't want to startle or disturb the horse. I kept a good pace for a while, but eventually they pulled ahead too far and I gave up.
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it's moments like with these horses that make cycling so great. I bet we all have similar "man, I had the neatest experience" ride stories.
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