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Old 07 June 2018, 12:10 AM
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I'm a bit thrown by this quote (in the cited article) from the police, however:
That would make sense if she'd been using a horse and buggy; but if she's riding the horse, how did wheels get involved?
I saw a drunk trying to drive a horse and buggy once. It was one of those tourist ones, but fortunately no-one on it at the time. Some of his co-workers took it off him and sent him home. But it's a mistake to the think that the horse will just trot off normally. The animal was quite distressed and prancing around, which is what drew attention to the situation in the first place.

I'm sure it's common for "drunk horse riding" to be an offence, even if only a leftover law from times past.
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Old 07 June 2018, 12:42 AM
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My guess is that she thinks because the horse is sober, and has enough of a mind of its own to watch where it's going, that that makes it OK.
I took it as she thinks since horses are fairly slow compared to cars she isn't endangering anyone (or anyone but herself, possibly). Because you never hear about anyone dying because a horse crashed into them, you know. (Never mind the risk of the horse trampling someone, or running into traffic...)
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Old 07 June 2018, 12:43 AM
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That would make sense if she'd been using a horse and buggy; but if she's riding the horse, how did wheels get involved?
I'm guessing he's making a more general statement to address people who would do things like drive a riding lawnmower while impaired.
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Old 07 June 2018, 01:39 AM
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I saw a drunk trying to drive a horse and buggy once. It was one of those tourist ones, but fortunately no-one on it at the time. Some of his co-workers took it off him and sent him home. But it's a mistake to the think that the horse will just trot off normally. The animal was quite distressed and prancing around, which is what drew attention to the situation in the first place.
I would think a drunk rider or driver might easily be mistreating the horse by accident -- sawing at the reins, or something of the sort.
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Old 07 June 2018, 04:55 AM
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Definitely, TL, or throw the horse off balance, or ask him to go somewhere unsafe, like the freeway.
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Old 07 June 2018, 11:43 AM
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An interesting little document from Scotland where the author gives people who ride drunk both barrels, it seems that Horses do not like the smell of alcohol.

https://www.scottishhorsehelp.co.uk/...-Charge-of.pdf
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Old 07 June 2018, 01:21 PM
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I wonder whether they dislike it instinctively, as the author seems to think, or whether some horses associate the odor with being mishandled by drunk people?

Could be some of both, of course.
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Old 07 June 2018, 02:25 PM
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AFAIK, they will eat fermenting apples and those can smell pretty boozy.
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