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.