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Oct 13

Posts: 1

IdrisBlue says:

Horse riders, a noisy bike and poor road practice?

I just passed my CBT on a geared bike a week ago, although I had a twist and go years back and have driven for the past 13 years.

Out for a gentle 'getting to know the bike better' (Yamaha RS100, noisy but beautiful little 2 stroke) jaunt on country lanes on Sunday I came up behind a horse and rider.  Saw them in plenty of time, dropped down and kept my distance, BUT we were on a drawn out, narrow, low visibility bend, which meant all I could do was sit behind them, for a fair few minutes, during which time other vehicles came up behind and were 'itching' to pass.

On this occasion, there was a convenient turning which the rider took, clearly realising that we had a potential hazard.  For future reference though, does anyone have any advice on handling my noisy bike around sensitive animals when I can't necessarily pass straight away?  Is it simply a case of keeping back and good clutch control, or am I just being too nervous about my engine noise?  Having also ridden a lot in my past, I'm well aware what it's like to have a horse lose it on a road.

Any advice to help me improve my riding skills would be greatly appreciated!  I'm happy that I did the right thing on this occasion, as I'd far rather hang back on a tight corner than become an unfortunate splat in the path of an oncoming car, but I also don't want to be so hesitant around other road users that I inadvertently create a hazard all of my own.

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Feb 09

Posts: 4759

philehidiot says:


been told that constant, sensible speed without changing the throttle should be fine. If the horse looks skittish though then it might be better to pull over and turn off in case it does something stupid. My opinion is that you'd not drive or ride a vehicle that would potentially throw you off in certain circumstances and if the horse is not capable of remaining calm on the road it should not be used on the road.

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Nov 08

Posts: 879

Do as you did

Some horses are easily spooked, sometimes by unexpected visuals as much as noise, so hang back and go easy on the throttle, as you did.  Just like driving texters, wreckless cyclists and drunken pedestrians, they shouldn't be there if not in full control, but assume the worst.

You could give an "I'm slowing down signal" to anyone behind you to calm them too.  When you've seen what a spooked horse can do you don't want to see it again...

If the rider is sure of there bomb-proof steed they'll appreciate your patience and most likely wave you on past, and you can give them a cheery wave.

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Mar 09

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jaffa90 says:


Never trust a horse, it can throw the rider and kick sh*t out of you and your bike. My advice is let the rider pull in and wave you on, pass wide as possible at a slow constant speed as said. Also a courtesy rule with two slow vehicles (horse and you) who don`t pass each other is to leave a long gap for other vehicles to pass you and then the horse. 

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Jan 04

Posts: 855

fogie says:


You did the right thing.  :smile If some prat thinks their journey is more important than yours, and overtakes you and spooks the horse, then at least it wasn't YOUR fault. Bikers get bad enough press as it is, and you did right. Well done.  :smile

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Aug 02

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eatcs01 says:


I think you did right. If there was a long wait for a passing opportunity, then you could have pulled over and stopped for 5 minutes.

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Nov 13

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LizaJohn124 says:


Yes you did the right. Because after passing you get out from there.

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Oct 11

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Piglet2010 says:

Useful tips,


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Feb 14

Posts: 21

Beefy1902 says:

Well Done

I think you did the right thing. Horses are unpredictable and your visibility was poor, well done.


My ninja makes a fair racket, so if its safe to do so and horses are coming towards me I would usually pull in and switch off until they pass. I have been on a horse in the past and there braw big beasts so wouldnt want one to get upset.


If following a horse, I would do same as you did. Approach with caution and leave plenty room, keeping revs low


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