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    Living in the city makes it harder these days to ride safely. Cars whizzing by, the
lack of respect for pedestrians, much less riders on their horses. People making
a big deal out of you crossing an intersection. Hell, I had a lady come out of
her house a year back. She picked up a sign of sorts, carrying it along with her
as we were riding on the median across from her house. She yelled across at us.
“do you speak english?” Now my Grandaughter was accompanying me along the way on
her own horse. Replying to the woman, “yup, I speak english. What kind of
question is that?” She began telling us, that our mexican friends were
always using her pasture as a short cut. I’m not Hispanic! lol But, we do live
in an area where the population is probably 70% Hispanic. Do I care? Nope!
They’re people too. But, she obviously didn’t mind sharing her unsolicited
opinion.
Now personally, from my street experiences, while horseback
riding, ‘people are crazy! and some folks have no respect for, public or private
property,’ no matter what ethnic origin they come from. How ever, I understood
her concern. She certainly wasn’t aware, I do respect folks property and I to,
don’t want horses on our manicured yard. And it was, after all her property, and
she didn’t want the horses crossing it. But the way she was wagging that sign
around made me think, she might, wave it in the horses faces and cause a
unwanted or needed incident. Ranting on that we need to tell our other rider
friends, “stay off my property” was a little bizarre, since in my mind, we had
nothing to do with any of it. As we were crossing towards where our cut off was,
she got closer with that sign. My horse particularly, was getting nervous at her
presence. High stepping with her head in the air, and my Grand daughters horse was
side-stepping the other direction in the street. I finally had to get mouthy and
tell the lady, “you better take your unhappy ass back-up to your house or I was
going to be unpleasant in the end. Still continuing to follow us, her nasty
behavior and disgusting mouth, we just ignored her til’ we passed her property.
Well, I almost never! The things we had to endure just to ride down the road
these days.
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