CODY - A Cody man has been cited for public intoxication while riding his horse on a busy street during a weekend snowstorm. Police received a call at 4 p.m. Sunday from a motorist who was concerned that Benjamin Daniels, 28, was creating a road hazard by riding his horse in conditions of poor visibility. An officer stopped Daniels to explain that drivers were having difficulty spotting his slow-moving white horse as he was riding along Yellowstone Avenue near Wal-Mart, said Assistant Police Chief George Menig.

“Because of the wind, the blowing snow and the color of the horse, we were worried he was a danger to himself and motorists,” Menig said. Steady snow, gusting winds and subzero temperatures continued throughout the day. As police continued to observe Daniels, it was clear that he was “highly intoxicated,” Menig said. Police saw Daniels drinking beer as he moved behind Cassie’s Bar and Supper Club, apparently in an attempt to avoid them, Menig said. Although some who are cited for public intoxication are issued a ticket but not detained, police believed Daniels could not safely be released until he was sober, Menig said. Daniels had been spotted earlier riding along Highway 120 between Road 2AB and the Shoshone River. Menig said police did not know the reason for his excursion. Police contacted a friend of Daniels, who picked up the horse.

A Cowboy just cant have any fun these days.




  1. Rich says:

    This seems a rare example of police looking out for the welfare of their citizens and acting accordingly. We need to light a fire under the human cloning program so we can get some of these guys in Ohio!

  2. moss says:

    Both the “drunk on a horse” and the bust are common occurrences in my neck of the prairie.

    I remember one drunk busted when he tried to bring his horse in out of the rain – into a convenience store.

  3. BrentRJones says:

    I love the photo. If only I could have a dog and horse for my daily commute instead of a car.

  4. jccalhoun says:

    searching for ‘dui horse’ only shows up 1.7 million hits on google. http://www.google.com/search?q=dui++horse not exactly a rare occurance

  5. bill says:

    People care about horses up there!

  6. Mr. Fusion says:

    The police were quite correct in protecting the public as well as the drunk.

    This neither unique nor contrary to most police responses. I think you will find that this is the way most cops would react in this situation.

  7. toddt says:

    Wow.
    At first I read the headline as “Riding a Drunk Horse in Public Gets Man Arrested”

    I worked in a liquor store in Lubbock for a while. I have seen people ride up on horses to buy booze. But I’ve never seen anyone get “pulled over” for intoxicated trotting.

  8. GetSmart says:

    Seems to be an arrest for public drunk. That he was on a horse at the time only lends local color to the story.

  9. AdmFubar says:

    and the drunk was trying to text message someone too

  10. Jack S. says:

    WTF is this drunk man doing to his poor dog?

  11. Fabrizio says:

    Funnily enough, in Belgium it’s only illegal to ride a horse, if the horse itself is drunk.

    This stems from the times when farmers would ride their horses into town and the horse would know its way back home much better then the farmers causing no accidents to other people

    This dumb law was never retracted…

    :-)

    F

  12. Paul Stanton says:

    This is my copyrighted photo, and was published by you without my knowledge or permission. If you have any doubt about this, search the keyword “duckboy” on amazon.com. Please remove it from your blog.