In light of the recent bicycle law, I’d like to make people aware of the California Vehicle Code section 21759 which reads as follows:
“The driver of any vehicle approaching any horse-drawn vehicle, any ridden animal, or any livestock shall exercise proper control of his vehicle and shall reduce speed or stop as may appear necessary or as may be signaled or otherwise requested by any person driving, riding or in charge of the animal or livestock in order to avoid frightening and to safeguard the animal or livestock and to insure the safety of any person driving or riding the animal or in charge of the livestock.”
Maybe printing this will make people aware that scaring a horse is dangerous not only to the person in charge of such animal but also the animal.
Horses weigh more than 1,000 pounds, and react by running or spooking.
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Hopefully, this may help avoid injuries to both rider/walker or horse. Also, drivers, please don’t honk your horn. This is very frightening too!