HN Safety Tip of the Week: Don’t drink & ride

This week’s safety tip was inspired by a 55-year-old Kentucky man who was arrested and given a DUI for riding his horse, Stormy, drunk over the weekend.

Police also found marijuana, rolling papers, several beers and a mason jar of moonshine in his saddlebag. According the arrest citation, the man’s blood alcohol level was two-times over the legal limit.

Kentucky law prohibits the operation of a non-motorized vehicle, including bicycles, skateboards and horses, while under the influence of intoxicants or substance which may impair a person’s driving ability.

The charge caught the man by surprise. “I had know idea you could be arrested for something like this,” he told local media.


You might assume that people have more common sense than to get schmammered and jump on a horse. But sadly, you’d be wrong. Here are some other news stories we pulled up…

This one’s from Austin, Texas:

Another horseback DUI in Kentucky with random commentary from Tonya Harding (!!!):

A two-man horseback DUI in Georgia:

And there are many, many more where that came from.

Here’s the take-away, Horse Nation: You can drink, and you can ride, but don’t do both at the same time.

(Unless, of course, you’re foxhunting.)

Be safe, and Go Riding!

Check out Horse Nation’s previous safety tips, including:

Don’t Let Your Horse Fall in a Swimming Pool

When Transporting a Horse, Always Use a Horse Trailer

Don’t Let Your Horse Fall in a Hole

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