Friday, June 01, 2007
  SOAPBOX TIME
You know...we have been through so many dangerous situations but it is my opinion that the biggest danger and greatest fear is...motorist.

Please, please pass this information along. If you see someone riding horseback on the side of the road, pass them as if you might pass a child playing on the side of the road. There is no way any rider can predict how or when their horse might react to the simplest of things. This reaction could send the horse and rider right into the path of your car.

There have been a couple of times that both Andi and I have literally almost been side swiped and could have actually touched the car passing at 55 miles per hour with the toe of our boot without removing it from the stirrup. Funny thing, I was actually under a sign today warning of horseback riders and a van almost clipped us. We would not be so close to the road if there were options. When we are that close, it is because of shear walls or drop offs that do not allow us any shoulder.

Folks...this country was founded and expanded via horses. Just like the people that love to attend the antique car shows there are some of us that go back just a little further. All we ask is a little consideration and room when we get squeezed out into the road. We are taking all the trails and back roads possible. We are not riding down main roads trying to make a statement, even though law gives horses the "right of way".

If you see horses on the side of the road....slow down and just for a moment, enjoy the surrounding view. We are so blessed to have such a beautiful country.

Thank you;
Edie

Comments:
Edie, On a soap box (who knew)

Whats going on Marla and Andi?

Safe Travel
Abbeville SC
 
True! Who knew, Miss New?
There's more'n one reason the Cedar Gnats don't bite Edie.
 
Edie,

I am going to use your Soapbox a minuteā€¦.It is pretty bad that in the year 2007 you cannot even get a CALL BACK from a large animal vet after Hours. I live in Abbeville SC and after numerous calls to 4 Large Animal Vets within a 65 mile radius we still have not had a return call.

I lost a miniature horse and her unborn foal last night. We would have done anything for some help, advice, or returned phone call from a VETERNARIAN.

In case a Vet in the Abbeville SC and Surrounding Areas forgot the following is for you

Yes, the American Veterinary Medical Association adopted the following oath in 1969:
"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."
Safe Travel Carolina Trekkers
Marchelle Taylor
Abbeville SC
 
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