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Letter: Sharing the road with horses

Re “Make way for horses” (Monitor letter, March 29):

As a longtime horse owner, I agree and support informing people yearly of RSA 265:104, the state law about motorists safely approaching horses being ridden or driven. It is also extremely important that motorists slow down to 10 to 15 mph approaching anyone with a horse, regardless of the direction that the motorized vehicle is traveling.

A calm horse can be passed slowly and safely while giving it a wide berth. If the horse is acting up, please stop your vehicle and shut the engine off for a few minutes to allow the horse to calm down and allow the equestrian time to get off the road and out of danger.

It is just common sense and common decency for a motorist to take a few minutes to avoid someone being hurt or killed. Spring is here, and horses and riders/drivers will be on the roads enjoying the warm weather. These equestrians will make every effort to stay on the side of the road to allow vehicles to safely pass them. Please do not honk your horn to spook a horse.

It only takes a couple of minutes for the motorist to stop and shut their motor off if the horse and rider/driver is having problems because the noise of their vehicle or motorcycle is making. Those brief minutes could very well save that rider/driver’s life.

Safety first, and everyone can enjoy a beautiful day.



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