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Topic: They are big....how can people not see 'em?
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 22, 2011 03:08PM)
I already brought up the stupidity of those that want to text while driving. Now I have another issue that effects pretty much none of you. People who can't see horses. A horse is a big animal, they are much bigger than a cat or dog, and around here they not only are big they run in herds so you are not only expected to see a large animal but a number of large animals. Here in rural Nevada we have herds of wild horses running around and there are signs that say watch out for 'em with flashing yellow lights on them and all that good stuff. We have bushes about a foot tall and no big bushes or trees, so you can spot horses half a mile away if you just look. With all that in mind we have people running the *** things over all the time! The response from the BLM? Remove another 100 animals to save them (meaning send 'em to Canada for them to eat). How can these people not see a dang horse in the day time? A HORSE! I was watching a herd cross our two lane highway and the lead stallion did his thing by standing in the road and then the herd crossed, some guy heading toward them didn't slow down a bit and almost hit one! I found a dead colt the other day. Come on people! Look out for horses! Even if you don't like horses if you hit one they tend to go through your windshield. Idiots! Must be texting.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 22, 2011 03:31PM)
Around here you see many signs that say, "Start seeing motorcycles."

Similar problem, more tragic outcomes.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 22, 2011 03:57PM)
Thank you for the text.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 22, 2011 04:08PM)
Some people see them, then deliberately try to scare them. When someone's riding them, and even when someone's hand-walking them.

Some people are morons.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 22, 2011 04:13PM)
On 2011-10-22 16:31, Michael Baker wrote:
Around here you see many signs that say, "Start seeing motorcycles."

Similar problem, more tragic outcomes.

A popular t-shirt at the rallies is a bright orange one that says "Can you see me now, ***?!"
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 22, 2011 04:42PM)
Are they that big or are they, what they call, quarter horses, out there in Vegas, that is smallish horses that can run quick but only for a quarter of a mile? I think they used to use such in the pony express.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 22, 2011 05:16PM)
[quote]On 2011-10-22 17:42, tommy wrote:
Are they that big or are they, what they call, quarter horses, out there in Vegas, that is smallish horses that can run quick but only for a quarter of a mile? I think they used to use such in the pony express.[/quote]
[i]Santa[/i]'s probably talking about mustangs. They vary in size from maybe 14 hands to 15.2 hands or so. But even a small mustang is an 800 - 1,000 lb. animal.

The Pony Express used primarily thoroughbreds (Eastern end), pintos (middle), and mustangs (Western end). They were endurance horses, not sprinters; quarter horses are sprinters.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Oct 22, 2011 06:15PM)

The Quarter Horse is most definitely a full-sized horse. He is named for his ability to run a quarter of a mile faster than any other horse in the world. The Quarter Horse is also known for his heavily-muscled physique, as well as his even disposition, athletic ability and versatility.

The American Quarter Horse can trace his roots to Arab, Turk and Barb breeds that were brought to North America by Spanish explorers and traders. The actual beginning of the breed was in 1611, when a select group of stallions from Spanish breeds were shipped from England. The resulting cross produced a new type of horse that was heavily muscled and able to run short distances faster than any previously known breed.

Quarter Horses were a part of colonial America, and as the country grew, so did the popularity of the American Quarter Horse. He helped conquer and settle the West, easily pulling farm wagons and plows, fighting battles with Native Americans, and quickly containing herds of cattle. The Quarter Horse helped in many day-to-day activities in colonial life. He helped carry Pony Express riders, brought preachers to isolated places of worship, and rushed doctors to the homes of injured frontiersmen.

The Quarter Horse got his name from the match races that settlers held for entertainment. These races, that matched two horses against each other, were seldom more than 440 yards. From this short running distance came the term, "quarterpather," which evolved into the "colonial quarter of a mile running horse," and eventually "the American Quarter Horse."


So “The Quarter Horse is most definitely a full-sized horse.” ah, now I always thought they were small.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Oct 22, 2011 06:18PM)
Quarter horses can hit 55 mph in a quarter mile.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Oct 22, 2011 10:41PM)
In Maine they have a bumper sticker; "Brake for moose, it can save your life."
Message: Posted by: RS1963 (Oct 23, 2011 02:06PM)
I'd say that probably in the majority of the cases of the horses getting hit in broad daylight. It's the drivers being morons. I've seen a couple of aftermaths of horses being hit in the evening that I can understand it was next to impossible to see the animal till it was too late to avoid hitting it. The daytime maybe one in a say 100 hit may have been a complete accident that could not be avoided. I'm probably being even too generous with the one in 100.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Oct 23, 2011 02:49PM)
Quarter horse:

Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Oct 23, 2011 03:48PM)
It's all the same thing: people take cars and driving cars to be so profoundly normal that they forget that they are operating a machine that can be deadly: deadly to horses, deadly to motorcycles, deadly to people. Maybe texting and not seeing horses is moronic, but I've seen non-morons do absolutely stupid things while driving a car. It's as if they think their sitting on their living room sofa.

The stupidest thing I ever saw: I was pumping gas during the night shift at a Texaco station in Waipahu, Hawaii in 1980. A car with five guys in it pulled into the station. I went to the window and asked, "What'll it be?" The guy in the passenger seat said to the driver, "Hey bra...hey bra...you got money somewhere? We gotta get some gas." The driver stared, glassy-eyed, and obviously didn't know where he was. Passenger seat guy said, "We're at the gas station. The car is empty. We need money." Some guy in the back said, "Hey bra, check the ash tray." Passenger seat guy opened the ash tray and pulled a bunch of pennies out. He counted them, then asked me to pump 87 cents worth of hi-test. (!)

So I pumped 87 cents. Passenger seat guy says to me, "Thanks! Have a beer, bra!" I refused. But a guy in the back seat stuck his arm out the window and hung a Bud by that plastic six-pack hanger on one of the gas pump handles. Meanwhile, passenger seat guy is punching the driver on the arm, saying, "We're finished. Let's go, bra!" And the driver pulled out and drove down the street.

That was a car with not one, not two, but FIVE complete morons in it.

And one moron pumping gas that night.

I didn't drink the beer. But to my eternal shame, I also didn't call the police, which means that I was a moron, too. At the time I didn't even think of it. I was just shaking my head in disbelief as I told the tale to my partner, who went and hid in the garage and drank the Bud.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Oct 23, 2011 04:12PM)
Do they dent the car as much as deer?
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Oct 23, 2011 04:17PM)
Jon, do you mean the mustangs or the quarter horses? Hobby horses seldom dent cars.
Message: Posted by: Salguod Nairb (Oct 24, 2011 04:37PM)
Here it is either camels and sheep during fog or dust storms.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Oct 27, 2011 06:59PM)
I'm talkin' mustangs. I have a herd right outside the library right now, about five of 'em. We had a guy hit a cow and both the cow and driver died. The horses hit lately have all been day time, they tend to stay put at night, and some in residential areas where the people know horses wander around! I don't know what a small horse is compared to a big normal one but the horse that looked at me the other day sure looked big enough. We have camels too! As for the pony express it ran down the street my street leads too, and old station (now a field) was about a mile away and Ft. Churchill another couple miles in the other direction.

Hit cow and it is like hitting a wall cuz the cow is stubby.
Hit a horse and it is taller and often will go over the hood into the windshield.