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Saturday, November 04, 2017

A Florida woman was arrested Thursday on charges she was riding her horse drunk, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Donna Byrne, 53, also faces a count of animal neglect because deputies said she was putting the horse in danger of being killed or injured by riding it through an often busy roadway. Bryne was given a field sobriety test and then arrested on the DUI charges The Sheriff's Office said she blew .157 and .161 during a Breathalyzer test. The legal limit in Florida is .08.



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...Her and the horse she rode in on!

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-11-03 02:12 PM | Reply

Public intoxication, sure.
Throw in a disturbing the peace, or some form of reckless endangerment, but a dui seems pretty stiff, unless she was being a bag.
I don't like when people on bikes or golf carts get them either.
It just seems so over the top.

Boats? Yes. Jet skis? Yes. Kayaks/canoes? No.

#2 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-11-03 02:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Horse driven DUIs don't exist where I'm from...any properly broken horse has been deemed to hold self preservation over inane human commands so technically the human is not in complete control.

#3 | Posted by ghoti at 2017-11-03 03:34 PM | Reply

First, motorcycles made horses obsolete.

Second, if you can get a DUI on a bicycle, you should absolutely be allowed to be given a DUI on a horse.

Third, horses suck.

Fourth, horse people suck more.

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-11-03 06:06 PM | Reply

#4 You've... never ridden a horse at camp-ditch-the-kids when you where young? Ever feed a horse? Ever see an actual horse?

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-03 06:31 PM | Reply

Drinking and horsing - just say neigh.

#6 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-11-04 06:09 AM | Reply


Stop horsing around.

That joke was an impeachable offence.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-04 10:12 PM | Reply

A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
And no one can drink on a horse of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mr. Ed.

#8 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-11-04 10:18 PM | Reply

The link is gone. Was anyone hurt? Does this effect her automobile driving record? How about a DUI on a bicycle? Why was she pulled over? Is riding on an "often busy" highway the same as a "busy" highway? What next, reinstate prohibition? Or is Polk county just looking for another $10,000 FOR ITS TREASURY?

#9 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-05 08:36 AM | Reply

That horse was not drunk.

#10 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-11-05 12:04 PM | Reply

In the "Old Cowboy Days", the horse was the designated driver.

The horse would literally take you home.

#11 | Posted by shane at 2017-11-05 12:05 PM | Reply

We were sold DUI as a way to stop the killing of people with 1 ton battering rams moving at 60mph. A bike is not that. A horse is not that. A riding mower is not that.

It's a stupid over-reach.

#12 | Posted by techres at 2017-11-05 11:55 PM | Reply

Rcade, some weird --- comes out of your state man :-)

#13 | Posted by dibblda at 2017-11-06 12:13 AM | Reply


"It's a stupid over-reach."

No, it isn't. Take it from a horse owner all my life, this woman was a danger and, in my opinion, should be prohibited from owning a horse ~ EVER ~ since she doesn't know enough about horses to realize that they are reactionary and will bolt when frightened, especially by a sudden noise like a car horn. Responsible horse owners don't take those kind of chances. If I were the judge, a DUI would be the least of her problems.

Also, some of the comments here lead me to believe that you guys watch too many cowboy movies. It's not like that in real life.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-11-06 12:27 AM | Reply

It's a stupid over-reach.#12

(97) VEHICLE. -- Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except personal delivery devices and devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. www.leg.state.fl.us
That was enacted as a part of what you were sold on.

#15 | Posted by et_al at 2017-11-06 02:23 AM | Reply

Faulkner fell off his horse way too many times while riding drunk, even after his doctor told him not to. It greatly shortened his life.

#16 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2017-11-06 05:03 AM | Reply

I'm always extra watchful and on high alert when I'm around amateur horse people. They NEVER know as much as they think they do and they are ALWAYS a danger to themselves, the horses and me. THAT'S a proven fact in horse communities.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-11-06 06:02 AM | Reply

Why would anyone want to ride a drunk horse?

A horse walks into a bar. Bartender says "Why the long face?"

#18 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-11-06 08:05 AM | Reply

"Also, some of the comments here lead me to believe that you guys watch too many cowboy movies."

Yeah I think I did see that somewhere on an old TV western. Lee Marvin drunk on the horse in Cat Ballou was the funniest.


#19 | Posted by shane at 2017-11-06 02:30 PM | Reply

Difinitive drunken horseback riding:


#20 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 04:24 PM | Reply

I didn't notice your post Shane, I remembered that old clip and just posted without looking at the thread.

#21 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-06 04:26 PM | Reply

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