How to safely cross a road on horseback
To safely cross a public road on horseback requires confidence, awareness and a well-trained, responsive mount. Follow these techniques to minimize your risks:
Plan your route. If you have leeway to choose your crossing point, select an area with good visibility for at least an eighth of a mile in both directions. Avoid getting too close to curves in the road; a driver rounding the bend might not see you in time to react appropriately. Older, rougher or more gravelly stretches of road will give you more traction than smooth, new asphalt, especially on hills. If you have to walk parallel to the road to reach a safer crossing point, stick to the shoulder and watch for low-hanging branches.