Hay wagons at speed can spook horses

Thirty seconds lost in getting hay to the barn will not prove too large a setback

To the Expositor:

To the young man in the grey Chev truck pulling an empty hay wagon on Clover Valley Road around lunchtime on July 22, 2015, I am very grateful that the driver in front of you slowed down when she saw my friend and I riding horseback, thus making you too slow down. Our horses, although road savvy, will spook at a hay wagon being towed “at speed” as those wagons, especially when empty, make quite a loud racket. I ask that in the future you use some common sense, have respect for others and obey the rules of the road.

Section 167 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act states: Every person having the control or charge of a motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle on a highway, when approaching a horse or other animal that is drawing a vehicle or being driven, led or ridden, shall operate, manage and control the motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle so as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of the horse or other animal and to ensure the safety and protection of any person driving, leading or riding upon the horse or other animal or being in any vehicle drawn by the horse or other animal. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 167.

I understand that you and your family are anxious to get your hay in in a timely manner, but as there were no rain clouds in the foreseeable forecast, I doubt the 30 seconds you lost set you back.

Debbie Lloyd