Is it illegal to ride a horse on public roads in Alabama?

We have done this numerous times, but now there is a new cop in our small town, and he has been harrassing me and my mother, so we would like to know for sure if it is legal to ride on the roads or not..

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  • Mark
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    1 decade ago
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    In Alabama, it is legal to ride a horse on a public road [other than an Interstate highway] unless prohibited by local ordinance.

    Alabama Riding on Public Roads Statutes

    Basically, you cannot tie or hobble an animal on the public right of way. HE CAN'T LET HIS HORSE GRAZE ON THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY.

    If you have a horse-drawn vehicle, you must have certain safety equipment on that vehicle.

    It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a horse-drawn wagon, buggy, carriage or other vehicle upon any public highway, road or street between sunset and sunrise unless there is affixed to the rear of such vehicle at least two red reflectors or similar warning devices, one on each corner, and to the front of such vehicle one amber reflector or similar warning device on the left-hand front of said vehicle. Any person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished as prescribed by law.

    Several states prohibit riding or driving horses on the right of way of a limited access highway, such as an Interstate Highway. One state--Louisiana--prohibits riding a horse on any asphalt road. There are a number of states that prohibit riding horses on sidewalks built by adjoining property owners. Several states prohibit riding a horse at a faster pace than a walk over bridges or certain bridges. A number of states prohibit horse racing or speed testing on public roads. One state prohibits recklessly riding a horse on a public road. Kentucky prohibits riding a horse on a public levee.

    Several states prohibit permitting a horse to graze grass on the public road right of way or to browse trees or shrubs on the right of way. A couple of states prohibit horses from being in a rest stop.

    Did you know that horses ridden on roads are considered 'vehicles'? Section 32-5A-5 of the Alabama Code

    Persons riding animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles.

    Every person riding an animal or driving any animal-drawn vehicle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except those provisions of this chapter, which by their very nature can have no application.

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