Bizarre Horse Laws


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Back in the day, when North Americans relied on horses for regular transportation, some interesting equine laws were written into the books. Some of them make sense, while others are just downright weird. Do any of these bizarre laws still apply in your region?

Horses in Burns, Oregon are allowed in the town’s taverns, so long as admission is paid before the horse enters!

In New York, donkeys are not allowed to sleep in bathtubs.

Horses in Marshalltown, Iowa are not allowed to eat fire hydrants.

The fine for riding an “ugly” horse in Wilbur, Washington is $300!

It is illegal to open or close an umbrella in the presence of a horse in New York City.

In Guernee, Illinois it is illegal for women weighing more than 200 pounds to ride a horse wearing shorts.

In Pattonsburg, Missouri you can not make any unusual noise or sound that will disturb a horse, such as whooping, using profane language, or singing.

It is illegal to tie a horse to a tree alongside a public highway in New Orleans.

Lastly, a  misworded ordinance in Wolf Point, Montana: “No horse shall be allowed in public without its owner wearing a halter.”

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