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Letter: Take Care Around Equestrians

To the Editor:

Spring is here, and a lot of people are out enjoying the nice weather. I am a horse owner and rider and have a great concern over my safety and the safety of other riders. When able, I ride in the woods, but there are times when I have to ride on the public roads to get to my trail.

Some motorists have been kind and have given me a wide path and slow down when they go by me. Others drive with blinders on and have no regard for me on my side of the road. I am sure a lot of drivers do not know that people with a horse have the right of way. New Hampshire law (265:104 Approaching Horses): “Every person having control or charge of a vehicle shall, whenever upon any way and approaching any horse, drive, manage, and control such vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse, and to insure the safety and protection of any person riding or driving the same.” And 265:5: “Every person riding an animal or driving any animal-drawn vehicle upon a roadway shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except those provisions of this chapter which by their very nature can have no application.”

So, in short, please be considerate when approaching horse and rider on the roads — not just for our safety, but for yours as well. Thank you.

Jo Hewes