Thanks to Lynda Polk at Hoofbeats for compiling some of the wackiest equine-related laws ever on the books.
The links below will take you to her entire lists.
Strange horse laws
More strange horse laws
My personal favorites are:
- It’s illegal in Marion, South Carolina, to tickle a female under her chin with a feather duster to get her attention while she’s riding a horse.
- Tennessee prohibits riders from lassoing fish.
- Horses are required to wear hats in hot weather in Rasario, Argentina.
- In Guernee, Illinois, it is illegal for women weighing more than 200 pounds to ride horses in shorts.
- In Waco Texas, it’s illegal to toss a banana peel on the streets because a horse could step on the peel and slip.
- A misworded ordinance in Wolf Point, Montana: “No horse shall be allowed in public without its owner wearing a halter.”
- In Raton, New Mexico, it is illegal for a woman to ride horseback down a public street with a kimono on.
- In Marshalltown, Iowa, it is against the law for a horse to eat a fire hydrant.
- In Hartsville, Illinois, you can be arrested for riding an ugly horse.