Here's the dirt on Dirt Roads

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Wellington

People who live on dirt roads are fully aware of the fact that they bought a house on a dirt road!  It was not a mistake or an oversight at the time they purchased their home.  The municipality did not forget to pave the stretch of the road they live on.  No, they bought a house on the dirt because there was a reason to do so... 

Many rural areas feature dirt roads and their residents absolutely want to keep it that way.  They don't mind that their street can't be used for drag racing.  The rural feel is what they came for.  Equestrians go out of their way to find a home on a dirt road!

Many high-end equestrian communities are located on dirt roads.  Dirt roads make up the infra-structure of large parts of the Saddle Trails Equestrian Preserve in Wellington, FL and tie into miles of horse trails designated for equestrian use only.  Saddle Trails is within hacking distance from the world class Wellington Equestrian Festival also known as the WEF showgrounds.

Equestrians seek "dirt road living" for many reasons:slow sign

* Typically there is less traffic on dirt roads since cars and trucks prefer to travel on paved surfaces.

* Traffic on a dirt road travels slower because the surface is never perfect due to weather changes that make it either dry and dusty or wet and muddy.

* Dirt roads are safer for trail riding because spooky horses will slip on asphalt much sooner than on dirt.

All this makes the dirt road property perfect for equestrians, but only if the drivers actually obey the speed limits.

You never know what might scare a horse.  Sometimes colorful things like a mailbox will do it.  But we know for sure that horses get freaked out by speeding cars and trucks.  

Next time you pull onto a dirt road, please remember to go slow!  And if you see a horse on that road please go extra, extra slow.  Horses are flight animals.  They take off running to a safer place when they get scared and that is actually a very unsafe situation.

You can never tell who is riding that horse in front of you.  It could be somebody who has very little experience handling a horse.  It could be a child or an elderly person. You might find yourself on the heels of a young horse that's away from the barn for the very first time. You just never know! 

I have seen horses rear, spin and bolt like greased lightning when spooked by a a truck flying down the road and even the professional equestrian has a hard time staying on when that happens.

Horses are unpredictable and bad accidents happen.  So, go slow on that dirt road and enjoy the view!


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Comments (6)

Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates

Spent my summers on dirt roads. 

Dust, dirt and mud.

Charming, perhaps. 

Nov 17, 2011 03:47 PM
Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

Hi Anna, love your article!  And the name of your company!

Nov 17, 2011 03:48 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Great article Ann.  I also grew up on a dirt road.  My wife did as well and told me before we were married 24 years ago she never would again...we now live on a paved culdesac out front and an alfalfa field out back...that is as close to the country as I can get her....Happy Trails To You!!

Nov 17, 2011 03:52 PM
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Anna, I stopped by because of Katherine's repost.  I, too, work in "horse country".  But, we also still have open range laws here in Scottsdale and many cattle farmers, as well.  As you mention, the dirt roads SHOULD lend themselves naturally to driving slower and knowing that there is livestock and horses along the way, SHOULD remind people to drive slower.  Great blog.

Nov 17, 2011 04:11 PM
Larry & Jacque Ficek
Alaska Dream Makers - Wasilla, AK
Realtors - Wasilla Alaska

Hi there Anna, we have a lot of both dirt and gravel roads in our area. They do tend to keep traffic slower but they do come with a bit more dusting.

We did have an incident several years back where a horse was spooked because of an idiot driver that spooked the horse on purpose. The teenage driver thought it would be funny to scare the horse. The horse ended up breaking its leg and the owner had to put it down. It was unnecessary, irresponsible and just dumb.

We made our way here due to Catherines re-post (thanks Catherine)!

Jacque & Larry

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