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Enounter with fox hunters . . .(13 posts)

Enounter with fox hunters . . .ms
Mar 15, 2003 4:41 PM
This afternoon I encountered 15-20 mounted fox hunters (after the hunt) in full regalia (red coats, scarves, etc.) They were surrounded by about 50-60 hounds. They came onto the road in front of me and then were walking up the road to their clubhouse, stables and kennels. Since I knew that their place was only a short way up the road, I took a break, ate a Clif Bar and waited for them to clear the road rather than passing them. However, I was wondering if anyone has encountered anything similar on the road and how the horses and/or dogs reacted. Given that some horses are skittish around traffic, I would worry that a horse may bolt around a bike. And 50+ dogs? There is a lot of horse activity near where I ride. But, usually, the horses are not on the road. Any advice if I encounter these folks again?
you did the right thing.nm .the bull
Mar 15, 2003 6:14 PM
Encounter -- sorry for the typo-nmms
Mar 15, 2003 7:18 PM
re: Enounter with fox hunters . . .Overhill
Mar 15, 2003 7:49 PM
My wife and I ride horses as well as bikes. Horses are often startled by bikes--I think perhaps it is the bike outfit--helmet, bright clothing, sun glasses, etc. If I meet horse going in the opposite direction, I always slow, remove my sunglasses, and talk to the horse. This seems to calm them. If approaching from behind, I let the rider know from some distance away, and go by very slowly, giving as much room as possible. If the horse seems particularly nervous, I will get off the bike and walk by. Remember, horse people are [or should be] our allies when working for Rails to Trails and off-road trails projects.
re: [or should be]cyclopathic
Mar 16, 2003 4:34 AM
I went trough Gettysburg battlefield yesterday. They have some nice trails which open to equestrians only [no bikes allowed]. With exception of one location I know of there's a lot animosity toward bikes from horse people. Not the from ordinary trail users; from people in charge.
re: Enounter with fox hunters . . .4bykn
Mar 16, 2003 6:48 AM
South of here there is a metric century that goes through Amish country...I'm always wary when passing the buggies, but never seen anything happen from such. I think the fact that bikes are so nearly-silent we can startle horses. I've found there are more obstacles in riding through horse country is the fecal matter. One year it had rained overnight and the stuff was wet and would stick to anything it touched. WHen I got home the bike took two hours to sterilize, and my wife wouldnt let me wear my clothes into the house!
re: Enounter with fox hunters . . .kevinmd
Mar 16, 2003 8:37 AM
I may be wrong but...

Few years ago there were four reported deaths on MTB in the US. Three of them involved horses. Those folks apparently startled the animals and got kicked.

When I encounter horses (either on the road or trail), I always slow _way_ down, get the riders attention while I am still some distance from the horse and ask for instructions. If I am going to pass a horse, particularly on the trail) I will dismount, take off my helmet and glasses and walk past the horse, with me between the horse and the bike (bike to the outside.) This way the riders are both safe and happy.

-- Kevin
Usually the horse rider startles the horse.the Phantom
Mar 16, 2003 1:04 PM
The horse has excellent hearing, the animal is well aware of the cyclist long before the horse rider has a clue. The horse rider over-reacts causing the horse to become confused and then bolts due to poor rider input. Simple fact, well proven. Best to sit and wait as the obnoids play their silly and inhumane game.
hey, stupid53T
Mar 16, 2003 5:27 PM
I couldn't find obnoids in the dictionary (english). What particular insult were you trying to hurl?
LOLOLOLOL. Have you ever ridden a horse?Kristin
Mar 16, 2003 5:34 PM
This post should be nominated for "the most ignorant of the year."
re: Enounter with fox hunters . . .Fredrico
Mar 16, 2003 6:16 PM
Well, I've come upon horses alot in Montgomery county, Md., once six gents in red jackets on shiny steeds with some thoroughbred fox hounds. They just looked at me real cool. We exchanged hellos. What a time warp.

I've come up on horseback riders along Texas highways, never encountered the slightest skittishness in the horse. If it should buck or snort, I talk nicely to it, as the rider would. And I get my distance on it without delay. Same thing works for dogs. The element of surprise might be more of a factor on a trail.
Always be very cautious around horses!Uncle Tim
Mar 16, 2003 8:14 PM
Bikes are fast and quiet. As a result, they are very good at startling horses.

Always take extreme care around horses. They can do anything if you spook them. I actually know a cyclist who got kicked by a horse when he passed an Amish buggy too closely.
re: Got covered in horse spit once . . .Hereford Flyer
Mar 17, 2003 12:57 AM
Scene:- Early morning start of a road race back in the 1980's in Lancashire, UK. Bunch spread across country lane waiting for the rolling start - as first 1 mile is neutralised. Just about to get rolling when two horse riders came trotting up from the rear - obviously no way through so they decided to try and make their own way through!
Spectators telling them to wait on - lots of swearing from the horse riders - their right of way etc. Front of bunch and race commisars at exact same moment start rolling off - lots of clicking scarping of shoe plates, clips etc. Horses rear up and flick copious quantities of horse spit across riders at the rear (myself included). Luckily no one was hurt or damaged.