dear lady riding a horse in rush hour traffic in williston village,
we all know that horses are permitted to be ridden on most roads (horses, bicycles, and pedestrians are forbidden from travel on restricted roads), and many of us know that in addition to the statute permitting horse traffic on the roads, many (but not all) of us are familiar with the additional requirement that the vehicle (car, bicycle, horse) be UNDER CONTROL.
yes, people who ride on governor chittenden road, i'm looking at you.
until yesterday afternoon i had never seen anyone actually ride a horse on the road in traffic, unless you count riding a back road, and while often these back road horsemen are totally fine, too often i encounter people riding out of control, skittish horses IN THE WRONG LANE ON A PUBLIC ROAD.
people who ride on governor chittenden road, i am looking at you.
but there you were, lady riding a horse in rush hour traffic in williston village, sitting a calm animal waiting your turn patiently at the four way stop even with traffic backed up all the way to the police station.
and on the other side of the intersection i was behind you in traffic when you signaled left not just properly, but also in a way that indicated to me that both you and your horse knew what you were doing, and also that you both were making sure i was paying attention, because you looked me right in the eye before actually taking the whole lane and i'm pretty sure i got a good look from the horse, too.
he is neither stupid nor flighty.
anyway, well done.
see you on the road.