I overheard a conversation between four men on the weekend and how I didn't go and give them a piece of my mind I'll never know. From my eavesdropping I was able to ascertain that they all live in an "equestrian estate" and that at least some of them have a wife and/or children who ride. Imagine my disgust when I then heard them complaining about having to slow down for horses on the road. According to them it is especially annoying when they're enjoying a high speed hoon on their motorbikes. One of them drives a truck and he was particularly annoyed about horses reacting badly when he passes close to them! They believe horses should not be allowed on the road because they are not licensed/registered in the way that vehicles are. They think horses should be restricted to the bridle paths that run through the estate (riders would stick to the bridle paths if they ran along EVERY road and if EVERY property had direct access to one and if EVERY bridle path was safe but as it stands there are times when riding on the road is unavoidable in order to get to a bridle path and in some places the bridle paths are narrow or blocked and in some places they are about 2m above the road making it risky to ride on them on anything but the most bombproof horse). These men made it very clear that they resent having to make allowances for people on horses and at least one of them resents his wife spending money on "a new coat" for the horse!! Apparently if a rider gets hurt because their horse is spooked by a vehicle it's just "stiff s**t" and it wouldn't happen if people could control their horses properly!! Their anti-horse tirade appalled me. My OH was with me and was tempted to go and ask them why they bought a property in an "equestrian estate" if they hate horses and why they live with a woman who rides if they hate horses. We were wondering if their wives know how they feel? Surely it should be a case of love me love my horse! I'm very very grateful to have an OH who does love me love my horse(s) but I wonder how many women who ride have OHs who feel like the four men I overheard!?