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Old 04-04-22, 08:04 PM
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Horse chasing cyclist

Have any of you seen a horse chase a cyclist? Apparently itís happens and thatís why groups are supposed to stay below 20 mph near horses. Road cyclists have beef with equestrians going back decades around here.
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Old 04-04-22, 08:17 PM
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Old 04-04-22, 08:28 PM
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Lots of wild horses here where I live. See them quite often. Never been chased by them but have had to yield to them a few times.

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Old 04-04-22, 08:30 PM
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got chased by a raccoon once.

nasty little creature.
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Bull.

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I have heard of trolls chasing cyclists. They ride their broken wheels like that guy Brunelle who does all the SW8 Fixie moves all over those dumbass cagers and leg walkers.
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Old 04-04-22, 08:56 PM
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A bigger issue is that bikes at speed can scare horses and cause thrown equestrians I guess if you don't care it is not an issue, but I have always slowed, called out to riders ahead of me and watched carefully for the horse's response. Many horseback riders have thanked me.

Now those horse crossing signs - I take those to mean "look out for horse poop".
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Old 04-04-22, 08:59 PM
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Well if you can throw idiots off the backs of horses let's do it. Most folks don't want someone riding on their backs at least not without consent first.

The horse crap is always super annoying and if dog walkers can get fined make those horse riders pay quadruple or more. A big steamy pile of horse stuff is way worse and usually more on public paths the dog crap is usually on the grass.
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A bigger issue is that bikes at speed can scare horses and cause thrown equestrians I guess if you don't care it is not an issue, but I have always slowed, called out to riders ahead of me and watched carefully for the horse's response. Many horseback riders have thanked me.
Horses do not recognize people on bikes as people. I've been told by equestrians that talking loudly as you gently ride by helps the horses.

A friend and I once got chased for about 75 yards by an Alpaca (or Llama??). We came up to him (or her) on a narrow country road, we had no choice but to turn back for a bit and it ran after us.
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Old 04-04-22, 09:37 PM
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As a longtime horse owner and cyclist, I can tell you that the knowledge gap between the two groups is tremendous. In my experience, most cyclists have no idea how to behave around equestrians, and equestrians have no idea what it means to share public spaces. As one who straddles both worlds, I can tell you that I’ve been sadly disappointed by both. I have also been ostracized by individuals from both sides once it is learned I participate in the other. I used to spend a lot of time and energy trying to enlighten each side, only to get nowhere. These days I keep my mouth shut.
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Old 04-04-22, 09:46 PM
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Ostrich chasing cyclists.

this one gets old fast because they try to be too cute. 15 animal chases.
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A bigger issue is that bikes at speed can scare horses and cause thrown equestrians I guess if you don't care it is not an issue, but I have always slowed, called out to riders ahead of me and watched carefully for the horse's response. Many horseback riders have thanked me.
I'd have thought an even bigger risk is the possibility of getting kicked. Also, it's easy to forget that horses are very capable of moving sideways, so it's best to give them a wide berth.

I live on Epsom Downs in the UK. Around here there are a few racing stables exercising their horses up on the downs. You definitely want to give those guys space; imagine the bill they'd slap you with if they felt you'd harmed one of their very expensive beasts. Fortunately, at the time I go out they're mostly back in the stables.

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Old 04-05-22, 02:52 AM
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Of coarse.
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Old 04-05-22, 04:01 AM
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we had a cpl get loose from their barn & took a run down a highway. I saw them on my way home from work. a news story explained the owner claims one of them is mischievous & the other just followed the bad influence. pretty funny for me but pretty frustrating for the line of traffic not willing to pass them


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I once got chased by a turtle. Thing nearly caught me.


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As I just posted in the dogs thread. And he ain't the only one I have seen while on tour.


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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
As a longtime horse owner and cyclist, I can tell you that the knowledge gap between the two groups is tremendous. In my experience, most cyclists have no idea how to behave around equestrians, and equestrians have no idea what it means to share public spaces. As one who straddles both worlds, I can tell you that Iíve been sadly disappointed by both. I have also been ostracized by individuals from both sides once it is learned I participate in the other. I used to spend a lot of time and energy trying to enlighten each side, only to get nowhere. These days I keep my mouth shut.
We ride with some horse people. They all seem cool. You guys must be super fancy or something. When the horse thing has come up everyone just talks about horses and that they are cool, and then we make poop jokes finish our beers and ride bikes.
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Old 04-05-22, 06:24 AM
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There are all sorts of critters that can take you out.




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Old 04-05-22, 06:38 AM
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I ride a lot in Amish country. I'll take horse-drawn wagons over autos every day of the week.
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
As a longtime horse owner and cyclist, I can tell you that the knowledge gap between the two groups is tremendous. In my experience, most cyclists have no idea how to behave around equestrians, and equestrians have no idea what it means to share public spaces. As one who straddles both worlds, I can tell you that Iíve been sadly disappointed by both. I have also been ostracized by individuals from both sides once it is learned I participate in the other. I used to spend a lot of time and energy trying to enlighten each side, only to get nowhere. These days I keep my mouth shut.
Honest question because I know absolutely nothing about horses and don't want to risk spooking the horse by asking the equestrian mid-ride--I ride a MUP that has very little traffic on it, so I'm often riding on it quite fast. Very rarely, there will be someone riding a horse immediately adjacent to the paved path. I can see them a fair way off and always slow before the pass, but I've never known whether I'd make the situation worse by announcing before I pass, so I usually don't say anything. I give them plenty of room, and there has never been an incident during one of these passes. I've figured that either what I'm doing is good enough or that people are only taking very docile horses onto the path knowing that they're likely to have at least one bike encounter per ride.

I really want to learn the best way to handle it in case those assumptions ever prove untrue--do I make it better or worse if I announce my pass before I do it? Any suggestions on timing and tone?

Thanks!
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Old 04-05-22, 06:52 AM
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I talk to the equestrian. I ask if everything is ok. How ya doin? Is he ok? If the horse is skiddish, I dismount and keep talking. This is rare but it happens. Was out the other day and a rider was on his property next to the road and the horse was clearly nervous. I asked my questions, the rider thanked me. Said he saw me coming and wanted the horse to get used to cyclists (very popular road).

No idea if my approach is right but many equestrians have thanked me.
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