Horses and auto safety, rules for sharing the road

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Horses are prey animals and are sometimes subject to irrational fears. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Samantha Pauley, avid horsewoman and animal lover, said she noticed an increase of a lack of respect for equestrians and their mounts on local roads. “I used to come home and head down to the horse pens to brush out and love on my horse,” she said. “If you have ever had the privilege of just being with a horse, your whole body can physically calm down and your heartbeat can match theirs very quickly. You can tell them all about your cruddy day, cry on their shoulder and they are more than capable of showing that they understand how you feel. This was an important de-stressor for me.” Horses, ponies, donkeys and mules are a part of life in the Anza Valley for many residents, who enjoy riding and equestrian sports. Unfortunately, not only is horse ownership becoming more expens
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