LETTER: Drivers must respect horses on rural roads

Recently my gal pals and I decided to go for a quiet ride in the sunshine. We saddled, we helmeted, we wore protection and we were courteous. Children were talked to, lawns were avoided, smiles or a tip of the head to all passing respectful motorists was made.

At many times we dismounted for not only safety of us and our horses, but drivers, walkers and cyclists. We board our horses and ride in rural Saanich. Where signs are present, fields and barns visible from the road and boarding stables are all over. This is not new, been this way for many a year.

Many riders now trailer their horses three rural blocks to get to the horse-friendly Elk Lake out of fear to ride in the area. Many move their horses elsewhere due to fear of drivers. This results in less money being spent here.

We don’t expect much … just slow down and respect our space. We have same legal rights to the roads as you. But we all know who wins and loses if we are hit.

Recently I was almost hit on Bear Hill Road by Dan’s Farm. Yesterday my horse received extra apples with supper for going into the ditch when asked. But I also learned that I have a great memory for the faces of those two young men doing 45 km/h in a black BMW on a rural snail road. I also remember licence plate numbers very well too, so it seems.

Let this be a warning slow down, show some respect or don’t drive in the country. Oh and young-ins I saw driving … I will be keeping your info for use if I catch you doing this again.

Bonnie Crabbe

Saanichton

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