Just recently I've noticed there seem to be a lot more of them round our way - and they seem to be getting ruder. I'll always treat them with respect, slow down a long way behind and call out excuse me so they know I'm there. A few times recently I've been stuck behind horses riding two abreast. Though they've looked round and seen me they've made no attempt to let me get past or even say hello.
On other occasions I've come to a halt when horses are coming towards me and some have reared up. I know horses are pretty much wild animals and have a tendency to do what they want, and that my face is slightly terrifying, but it seems like there's some poor horse control out there and some downright rudeness too.
My wife, who used to be a keen horse rider and now enjoys mountain biking, reckons that something has changed. Is it that there are more mtbers out therefore horsey types are getting more militant, or is it that horse riding has become more popular and there are more learners out there?
Is there a similar horse riding discussion board out there asking the same questions about us?
I've also noticed that Northern horse riders seem much more no nonsense and more friendly whilst their southern counterparts tend to behave like they own the bridleways.
Just thought I'd ask since I'm thinking of finding the right horsey forum and asking them the same questions. I'd value your views.