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Is there a law against this?

drinking and riding a horse or using a horse drawn vehicle?

Given the horse has a mind of its own and isn't the one drunk, is the horse a "designated driver" or considered the vehicle?

Just curious.


Asked by Zoeyis at 9:36 AM on Nov. 4, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (18)
  • I ''HAD'' to google this.... So here's the answer... lol... But if you think about it - if someone is drunk or under the influence while riding a horse to the point that they take the horse out in traffic then that person is ''Endangering'' other's lives. AND that is against the law.

    rocking horse

    The legal question in this type of DUI or DWI case will turn on how the term "vehicle" is defined in that state. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was recently confronted with such a case, where two men were charged with drunk driving while on horseback. The court wrestled with the issue, and concluded that the DUI law simply did not apply.


    Answer by emily1230 at 10:27 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • :D Hilarious question. I've actually seen on the news here (more than once) stories about people getting arrested for driving lawnmowers around their neighborhood drunk. One clever fellow made a motorized bar stool somehow and drove THAT home, and got arrested. It's still considered drunk driving, no matter what the means of transportation is, so yes, driving a horse drawn vehicle drunk would still be illegal, at least in Missouri. :D

    Answer by MamaLisa1976 at 9:40 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • It is illegal to be under the influence in any type of vehicle. Whether on a horse, in a horse drawn buggy/carriage, on a bycicle, lawn mower, even on foot. If you're on a public road and intoxicated you can be charged with "driving" under the influence. Even on foot you can be charged with being intoxicated in public.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 9:41 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • in ny its illegal to drink and ride horse at the same time.

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 9:37 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • The vehicle..

    Answer by older at 9:38 AM on Nov. 4, 2010


    That's actually a really good question! I would thin if the person is on a street then it is still considered "under the influence" and could result in a ticket. :)

    Answer by Memigen at 9:38 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • lol good question. Maybe in PA where a lot of Amish people are....IDK

    Answer by matthew9_22 at 9:38 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • if not, and an accident occurred involving property or human, i bet someone could get the driver/rider for negligence of some sort.

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:38 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Not sure, but that is a good question. I am going to ask my Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rehab instructor.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:38 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • We've had horse drawn buggies pulled over here! You can get into trouble for drunk bike riding too. If you're in the road,you can get in trouble

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:39 AM on Nov. 4, 2010