The world’s craziest horse laws


Want to keep horses under control? It’s easy. Just pass a law. Neil Clarkson looks at some of the world’s silliest horse laws.

Horses tend to be law-abiding creatures. Very few end up in jail or being fined.

The same, however, cannot be said for their human counterparts. Humans, in fact, do some monumentally stupid things – and just occasionally they involve horses.

In fact, one unfortunate American woman even made the finals of the 2000 Darwin Awards for her dealings with a horse. The famous awards are given posthumously to people whose passing might, uncharitably, be considered to be improving the world’s gene pool.

The woman in question struck on the less than bright idea of using her body as a hitching post while trying to bridle a green horse. Suffice to say, she won’t be making the same mistake twice.

However, a little bit of research reveals that people don’t just do dumb things with horses, they also make dumb laws to cover them.

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2 thoughts on “The world’s craziest horse laws

  • March 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    The law against “horse tripping” bans a sadistic *sport* that breaks horses legs — it is not dumb and should be a law everywhere.

  • March 20, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Horse tripping is a rodeo event, popular at Mexican rodeos, that involves roping the front feet of a running horse, throwing it to the ground. The outcome is often broken legs and other severe injury. Indeed, this should be illegal everywhere. Nasty practice!


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