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confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:16:42

I was driving into a 30mph zone from a national limit as a horse was coming out. I slowed to 20mph when I was about 200m away and moved as far to the left as possible to drive past the horse.
The rider started waving and initially I thought she was signally to the cars behind her to back off.
As I got closer she shouted at me to slow the f**k down.
I'd thought 20mph was acceptable. What speed should I do in the future? I definitely don't want to be the cause of a horse related accident.
Highway Code Guidelines that I can find on google just say drive slowly and give as wide a berth as possible.
What would you do and what should I do in the future?
Any riders perspectives also welcome!

Germgirl Thu 08-Jun-17 17:18:23

You really need to slow down to a crawl to pass horses. They're large and unpredyans can be extremely silly. I always turn off the radio and crawl past at walking pace. 20mph is a bit quick really.

Germgirl Thu 08-Jun-17 17:19:03

Unpredyans?! unpredicatable

scurryfunge Thu 08-Jun-17 17:20:40

You need to practically crawl past them 20mph is way too fast.

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:21:40

Okay will go for 1st gear instead of 2nd next time and slow right down! I've rarely come across horses on the road and don't ride so thought I was okay sad now I'm stewing over "what ifs" but I have learnt my lesson!

TemporalUser5k Thu 08-Jun-17 17:23:09

I go at about 5 miles an hour past them, only just faster than they are going.

Fortheloveofscience Thu 08-Jun-17 17:25:49

On a lot of roads then passing a horse on the other side of the road (not overtaking) at 20mph is acceptable, but if it's not a 'normal' 2 lane road it's too fast. And if a rider's waving, assume it means they need to you slow right down.

Her bad language is unnecessary though.

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:25:51

Crikey I feel terrible now! Thinking about it I do think this is the only time I've ever crossed paths with a horse on the road. But I deserved my shouting at and will definitely keep it in mind if it ever happens again!

Imnotaslimjim Thu 08-Jun-17 17:26:41

20mph really is too fast. My driving instructor taught me to drop into second, brake until I was crawling then let the car pull itself. Doing that you won't be doing more than 10mph and have much less chance of spooking a horse.

Fortheloveofscience Thu 08-Jun-17 17:27:03

Just to make it even more confusing OP, also try to avoid dropping into a low gear so the engine revs grin.

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:27:51

I was just passing not overtaking and it was a wide road, right over to the left. At least I know better having asked and any future on road interactions will hopefully be a bit more pleasant smile

honeysucklejasmine Thu 08-Jun-17 17:30:36

Oh yes, as slow as you can. Our local riding school is on a hill so if I am going down hill when they are out I often put the clutch out as I pass at a crawl and just coast past. (With my foot on the brake, obvs)

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:31:16

The reason I thought she was trying to signal the car being was because they were essentially tailgating. Not bothered about the shouting/swearing because she must have been really stressed trying to ride safely and just feel bad that I've probably made that worse.

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:31:50


CowParsleyNettle Thu 08-Jun-17 17:40:44

Thank you for asking and being considerate.

Riding on the road isn fun but is frankly unavoidable due to our rather ropey 'network' of bridleways.

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 17:52:30

CowParsley I completely understand - I've been doing a lot of googling while I've been stewing over all the horrible alternative outcomes and I've read all about the bridlepath problems! Just feeling relieved I didn't spook this particular horse, and "glad" this was the 1st time so I can take all of this advice on for all the horse encounters to come!

Wolfiefan Thu 08-Jun-17 17:56:28

I have known horses kick or sit on motor vehicles.
No loud music.
No revving engines.
Pass wide.
Pass slow.

confuseddottcom Thu 08-Jun-17 18:03:00

Thanks for your input everyone! I was just confused about how slow "slow" is in that particular scenario.
I'm going to hide this thread now because I'm a massive worrier and I won't be able to stop obsessing over what might have happened. (That's an issue for a whole different thread!)
Have a good night everyone smile

littlemissM92 Thu 08-Jun-17 18:05:19

She shouldn't of sworn at your and you were going a little fast some horses and riders wouldn't bat an eyelid at a car going past at 20/30/40mph (they shouldn't but...) I sometimes wave at drivers because my horse is a menace and I can feel him about to be a twat so it's to warm them really

LumelaMme Thu 08-Jun-17 18:09:05

OP, thanks for asking. I ride on the roads sometimes and considerate drivers are much appreciated.

I would pass horses at between 5-10mph, depending on the width of the road.

Polkadotties Thu 08-Jun-17 18:15:03

The British Horse Society are currently running a Dead or Dead Slow campaign
It advises no more than 15mph

Wh0Kn0wsWhereTheTimeGoes Thu 08-Jun-17 18:18:06

Yes, as slow and wide as possible and radio turned right down.

VocalCat Thu 08-Jun-17 18:18:11

Agree with PP but also pay attention to the rider. If they know they have a horse that dislikes cars, they may ask you to wait and pass at a more convenient place on the road. No need for a rider to be rude though.

UrsulaPandress Thu 08-Jun-17 18:21:58

Rude riders give us all a bad name.

As slow and wide as possible, as others have said.

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