A plea to tractor drivers.

Longlowdog

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Aberdeenshire
Just wait till you get the local 'wide load' on her horse with earphones in walking down the centre of a single track road for a mile past half a dozen passing places. That's enough to get my horsey wife leaning out the truck window giving it laldy.
 

Sussex Martin

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Location
Burham Kent
I had a very traffic proof horse that was hit by a motorbike going too fast and overtaking when he shouldn’t have. He now isn’t as good in traffic as he used to be as you can probably imagine. Now how do I get his confidence in traffic back if we never take him on the road? There is only so much we can do training him in the paddock.
The attitude of some on this thread beggars belief when farming could do with all the friends it can get.
 

Rob-B

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Location
Rotherham
I had a very traffic proof horse that was hit by a motorbike going too fast and overtaking when he shouldn’t have. He now isn’t as good in traffic as he used to be as you can probably imagine. Now how do I get his confidence in traffic back if we never take him on the road? There is only so much we can do training him in the paddock.
The attitude of some on this thread beggars belief when farming could do with all the friends it can get.
But surely isn’t that wreckless endangerment. As you know it not to be fit as it’s nervous to be on the road. Hence forth putting a rider, road users and possible pedestrians in harms way should it bolt etc. I see your point as to get it experience and settle down. But your idea is utter disregard for anyone else’s safety but the horses progress and in that situation and animal shouldn’t be on the public roads.
 

TheTallGuy

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Location
Cambridgeshire
I had a very traffic proof horse that was hit by a motorbike going too fast and overtaking when he shouldn’t have. He now isn’t as good in traffic as he used to be as you can probably imagine. Now how do I get his confidence in traffic back if we never take him on the road? There is only so much we can do training him in the paddock.
The attitude of some on this thread beggars belief when farming could do with all the friends it can get.
There's a difference between taking a nervous horse along some quiet country lanes & taking it on busy/fast roads - recently I came across a horse that could barely be controlled on an empty road; the rider proceeded to take the horse onto a busy road with lots of hgvs going up and down with the inevitable result that the horse went into meltdown - yet according to the rider it was the fault of the hgv drivers for not being considerate!
 

Sussex Martin

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Location
Burham Kent
But surely isn’t that wreckless endangerment. As you know it not to be fit as it’s nervous to be on the road. Hence forth putting a rider, road users and possible pedestrians in harms way should it bolt etc. I see your point as to get it experience and settle down. But your idea is utter disregard for anyone else’s safety but the horses progress and in that situation and animal shouldn’t be on the public roads.
I said he ‘isn’t as good as he used to be’ he is ok but more nervous than he used to be, and you must constantly reassure him.
If I didn’t think he was safe in traffic I wouldn’t allow my wife to take him out.
 

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World Food Day: NFU Cymru celebrates Welsh food producers at the Senedd

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Written by Rachel Martin

NFU Cymru members and Assembly Members have been celebrating the role that Welsh farmers play in producing nutritious, high quality, safe affordable food during an event at the Senedd today on World Food Day (October 16).

The lunchtime event, which was sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM, included a special menu of fine Welsh produce.

Speaking at the event, NFU Cymru...
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