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on the subject of slow moving horses at rushhour....followed a horsebox for five miles on the way in to work -massive hold-up and despite the walking speed it was impossible to get past -and of course Mrs r sole didn't have the decency to pull over :twisted: :twisted:

I know where i'd like to shove that horse box!! sideways

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Well I got stuck behind a big truck this morning carrying a full load a rock / topsoil etc. from probably a building site excavation. I just drove patiently and slowly behind it for several miles and eventually managed to overtake it. I am pleased to say that I didn't want to shove anything up anybodys a*se.

 

There are horses that sh*t, caravans, horse boxes, buses, tractors and flocks or herds of animals... oh and there are also people who get wound up by such things... tragic isn't it?

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Ah well some people are sensitive like that. I remember a very long journey behind a Land Rover towing a horse box on the mainland. The driver had plenty of places to pull in but didn't. I was on my motorbike at the time, a 750 that was capable of getting past things reasonably fast, but I was more than 20th in the queue as we ambled along in a 60mph zone for mile ater mile at 20mph. Eventually I started picking off the cars from my 20th+ postion and managed to get in front of the horse box. I slowed down to 10mph and they had a real sense of humour failure about it. Must have been because I was holding them up for a few yards. Ah well some people are sensitive like that.

 

Its about manners. If you can wave someone past or just pull in it is the least that you can do before you get a bad name for everyone else driving one.

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I remember seeing a horse having a tantrum in the back of one of those 2-horse horse boxes :shock: Jesus :shock: The box was leaping about all over the road. I lept out of my (Army) truck with my sub-machine gun and asked if I could do anything the help. The horsey-type must have thought that I was going to shoot it when she looked at the gun 8) but I didn't have any bullets on me.

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I was watching a horse and rider going along lochside yesterday and couldn't help but think that the rider was being somewhat inconsiderate to other road users. A long queue of cars was forming behind her and she had ample places to pull over, without stopping, in the parking places and bus stop afore the Clickimin, but instead she stayed out on the road.

 

I know she had 'every right' to do so, but as is usually the case with slow moving vehicles, (plant for instance), it is a common courtesy to let traffic past when possible, especially if you don't even have to stop to do so.

 

I saw the same lass, i think, 'giving the vees' at a car she obviously thought had passed too close to her a few weeks back, which i though was quite funny at the time. :lol:

 

 

The craziest thing i've seen with horses on roads in recent years was two riders and horses coming south down the brae at the near end of the Tingwall straights. Why they chose not to go in through Strand i can't imagine. Anyway, as i approached by motorbike, heading north, slowly, throttled back , as far over onto the opposite side of the road as possible, the lead horse started to rear and lose control, just as a 50mph fuel tanker came down the brae behind it. I felt hellish and had to slow to a crawl once passed just to look back and make sure there wasn't 'horse all over truck'. Since then i've felt obliged to stop the bike and switch off the engine when approaching horses on single track roads, and to grab the clutch and idle the engine past horses on main roads. Overtaking them is just a nightmare! :( (And i stress; my bike exhaust is legal and 'off the shelf').

The only good thing about this is getting a smile and a thank you from the riders, though this is not always the case.

 

When seeing a rider 'asserting her road authority' like the one in the start of this post, i only wish she, and any like her, would exercise the same level of consideration i have to on the bike for their sakes. :?

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I've noticed that sheep on the way out to Sandness are far more used to traffic than they used to be. I remember they would startle across quite a lot, but these days they seem quite peaceful as a car passes.

 

Wonder if you could just play engine noises at a horse all day and night until it got used to traffic? :lol:

 

Either that or horse ear-plugs?

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Well I got stuck behind a big truck this morning carrying a full load a rock / topsoil etc. from probably a building site excavation. I just drove patiently and slowly behind it for several miles and eventually managed to overtake it. I am pleased to say that I didn't want to shove anything up anybodys a*se.

 

There are horses that sh*t, caravans, horse boxes, buses, tractors and flocks or herds of animals... oh and there are also people who get wound up by such things... tragic isn't it?

 

well its sad but we cannot all be superior beings that never get wound up by anything :roll: it must be very boring to be perfect in every possible way

 

As big mouth said its common decency - something thats sadly lacking now - its almost as bad as sarcastic posts on t'internet :wink:

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I think what irritates me more is the person that sits behind the vehicle that cant move fast and doesn't take the opportunities it has to over take it.

 

one things for sure - if there was any way past i would have been through - :x i do think that if people are ot able/prepared to overtake they should drop back so fastertraffic can get through but certainly this wasn't the case

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