Saturday, January 24, 2009

Keep your laws off my Horse!

An email list I'm on had this great list of Horse Laws. Every weekend I'm going to include a few from the list...

FYI: No one knows how they got there and no one living has a memory of anyone arrested under them.

In Omega, New Mexico, every woman must "be found to be wearing a corset" when riding a horse in public. A physician is required to inspect each female on horseback. The doctor must ascertain whether or not the woman is, in fact, complying with this law! (I have a feeling there were some very serious physicians lobbying for that one.)

In Hartsville, Illinois, you can be arrested for riding an ugly horse. (oh boy, do I have some suggestions...Do you suppose Fugly was around back then?)

In Pattonsburg, Missouri, according to the Revised Ordinances (well, at least they revised it), 1884: "No person shall hallo, shout, bawl, scream, use profane language, dance, sing, whoop, quarrel, or make any unusual noise or sound in such manner as to disturb a horse." (Well, that leaves out most trainers, doesn't it?)


As far as I know, drawing a full skeleton on a horse is not illegal. But maybe it should be...

4 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

Love them all, wonder if they were ever enforced.

Breathe said...

I don't imagine they'd stand up to a supreme court challenge...

d2cmom said...

Closer to home:

McAllen, Texas, has outlawed citizens from taking pictures of horses on the Sabbath. Any person who "disturbs" or "otherwise antagonizes a horse" in this manner will be subject to a fine of at least $1.50 and can be jailed for as much as "three full days and nights."

from:
http://equerry.com/html/fun/eq_humor-shl.htm

Dave said...

People should definitely be banned from riding ugly horses...what about taking their pictures? That was probably banned 7 days a week.