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I would not be able to cross this bridge...

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  • I would not be able to cross this bridge...

    ...not even on foot, leading my horse (park rules state all equestrians must dismount and lead their horses across it):

    This is the new bridge at (aptly named) High Bridge State Park near Farmville, VA.

    More info about the park and its trails:

    I got sweaty palms just watching the video (yes, I'm a wimp).
    Equus Keepus Brokus

  • #2
    Well, I'm not afraid of much but I am afraid of heights.


    • #3
      The height wouldn't bother me so much as the length and close quarters with other users. . .especially cyclists zipping past without "calling" their location.

      Beautiful scenery, though!
      Please copy and paste this to your signature if you know someone, or have been affected by someone who needs a smack upside the head. Lets raise awareness.


      • #4
        Wow, yeah I would be fine walking or on a bike ... but not on a horse. I am surprised they say it is even open to horses, it seems like it would be difficult to pass cyclists as narrow as it is. I would be too afraid that somewhere in the middle of that bridge my horse would spook at a bike and I would go down down down down... Yeah, I'll pass. But now I want to go bike it!


        • #5
          Looks like a cool park. I would be a little hesitant about the bridge as I am afraid of heights. I think I could do it if it was shorter. The other thing is the apparent disorganization of direction and different types of users. It looked like in the video that people were just walking or biking on either side and passing on both sides. Maybe some rules for use would be a good idea. I looked further at the park info and you can access the trail at multiple areas, so you could ride a good portion of the trail without actually having to go across the bridge.


          • #6
            Screw THAT.

            A bridge that is so high and so long that it needs 'rest stops'??? That bridge doesn't need me on it, period.

            Confirmed Weenie!


            • #7

              My horse would be fine, me-not so much ;-)


              • #8
                Whats the problem?
                You guys need to cross some of the Suspension bridges over the Salmon River in Idaho. If you want to get your horse across the river, You go across the bridge, no other choice. I guess you could swim across. They are built for hikers and horses, Not stong enough to support a car. With a roaring river underneath, now that will get your blood pumping.



                • #9
                  Well, Painted Horse, I might not be riding those trails either! But those bridges scare me a little less because they don't seem as high or long. They give me the perception that I *might* survive a fall over the side or at least be able to scramble to the edge.


                  • #10
                    I got a great chuckle over this. We live just outside Farmville and have been discussing the opening of the bridge. Sorry but there is sooo much foot, bike, jogger, dog walker traffic on the High Bridge Trail close to town that I wouldn't trust even my bomb proof horse to be led over that bridge.However outside of the town area I hear that the trail is really nice to ride.


                    • #11
                      My horse would say no, HECK no!

                      Beautiful bridge though, and love the scenic and shady rest stops.


                      • #12
                        I agree with oldpony66. I'm all for adventure, but I'd take the suspension bridges over the one on the video! What in the world would you do when your horse had a complete meltdown and you were 1000' from either end?!? No thanks!


                        • #13
                          I'd have no problem riding a good horse over that bridge but as someone else pointed out the issue is everything else on the bridge..the cyclists were zipping along and coming up on a horse fast, could easily panic one. I'd try to choose a time when it was not busy to go.


                          • #14
                            This bridge is over the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The mule trains cross it to get to Phantom Ranch. I posted these on another thread no long ago but these first two photos were taken by a tourist who we met up with later at Phantom Ranch who sent us the pics. My husband and I are on the last two mules...the chestnut and the cream.



                            We walked back up later and took this pic on foot. That is a tunnel at the end that you ride through.


                            The view down from the S. Kiabab Trail going home the next day.



                            • #15
                              well at least there is a substantial rail

                              and the bridge isn't swaying.
                              i remember looking at that swinging bridge they cross at Tevis and thinking that's where i'd be turning around. unless there a wildfire raging behind us, no way would i be putting my horse on anything like that. CRAZY!
                              TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                              • #16
                                Painted Horse's bridge and the Grand Canyon stuff doesn't worry me. Some goofball on a bike on that busy urban-park type bridge? Uh, no.


                                • #17
                                  That op bridge would be awesome to walk or cycle across, as would the bridges. With one of my previous horses riding across would be no problem, with or without the other traffic. The current horse, though, I don't think it would be a sensible thing to ask. He might be ok - might not - I don't like the odds. If it were short I'd be more inclined to say he would be fine, but that length is a lot of opportunity for horse to think of something goofy.


                                  • #18
                                    There is a similar bridge here in Georgia on the Silver Comet Trail, but I don't know if that particular bridge/section of the trail is open to horseback:

                                    Pumpkinville Trestle : Located at mile marker 23, Pumpkinvine Trestle is one of the must-see sights on the trail. The trestle was built in 1901 and restored for trail use in 1999. It is over 750 feet long and is a marvel to view and affords beautiful views of the valley below. There are rest stops on either side of the trestle, and they're often adorned with colorful flowers. This makes a great resting spot.

                                    #5 down the page: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/silver-comet-trail

                                    P.S. The "rest stops" on either side of the trestle are about 4 ft. by 4 ft. squares jutting out over the edge.
                                    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
                                    DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
                                    Originally posted by talkofthetown
                                    As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.


                                    • #19
                                      I love my mare


                                      • #20
                                        I would do that bridge in a heart beat on the mare I sold last summer, but she was born bomb proof. I would invest in some high visibility gear before going out there though!