Sharing the road |

Sharing the road

Mistylynn Summers


My two friends and I were bullied while we were out riding our horses.

We were enjoying the beautiful day when a woman ran us off the road with her vehicle, forcing us into the muddy, snowy, icy, slippery ditch (we were riding down Lindsay Lane which borders BLM land in the Johnson Lane area).

The woman even drove down the wrong side of the road to force us into the ditch. We were lucky that none of our horses slipped and fell down, or spooked because they were so frightened that a vehicle was driving straight towards them. After she forced us off the street, she stopped, rolled down her window, and told us to stay in the dirt so that our horses don’t poop on her street.

I was born and raised in Northern Nevada. My father owned a horse ranch off Johnson Lane in the early 1970s, and I’ve owned a home in the Johnson Lane area since 1990. We chose to live and raise our children in the Johnson Lane area because it is a horse community and we can ride from our homes.

I understand that things change over time and that rules evolve.

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There doesn’t seem to be an ordinance about this topic, so I’m writing this letter to find out from the community what is right and what is wrong pertaining to riding horses on the streets in the Johnson Lane (or other horse zoned community) in Douglas County? And what should we do to protect ourselves from people like her?

I did not know before this incident that my horse was not allowed to poop on her street (which for the record, did not happen yesterday).

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