Unfortunately for anyone who was psyched that Baltimore might be seeing a resurgence of horseback riding (and carriage driving!) on city streets, the practice may not be as lawful as I previously supposed.
The Baltimore Sun‘s Luke Broadwater reported that unless you’re arabbing, horse exhibiting, or policing — and have all the proper permits — the Baltimore Health Department says you can’t ride your horse in the city.
And officials have said they are taking the stunt seriously. Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that the activity is “certainly not something that contributes in a positive way to public safety.” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expressed concern for the horses’ well-being.
“We’ve worked very hard with the Arabbers to try to improve the health of the animals that are engaged in that work,” she said. “We didn’t do that for the young people to go take them out of the stalls and ride them through the streets. That’s not what these animals expect, or want.”
After Twitter video of the incident went viral, the profile that posted the footage went from public to protected.