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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A couple of people went on a crazy ride in Steamboat Springs over the weekend. The three people took their horses to several bars, a Starbucks and a grocery store.

All three galloped into a Safeway grocery at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. The riders scared shoppers and clerks.

The Steamboat Pilot reported that police used a stun gun and arrested Michael Joseph Miller because he allegedly ignored police orders.

According to the Steamboat Pilot, the ride began more than 10 hours earlier atop Emerald Mountain.

“I had a great ride right up until the very end,” Miller, 44, told the Steamboat Pilot an hour and a half after he was released on a $750 bond from the Routt County Jail.

Miller faces charges including suspicion of harassment, disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. Police said Miller was involved in a fight at a pub around 9:30 p.m.

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Kenneth Recker and Roxanne Lange, of Clark, were the other riders, but they were not arrested. According to the Steamboat Pilot the three had visited several bars before going to Starbucks and Safeway for a snack.

“I came out and saw three huge horses standing in front of our Starbucks counter, and one of the riders was trying to buy a bag of chips,” Jackson told the Pilot. “These were three huge horses, not small horses. I looked at the riders and I told them ‘You have got to go. This violates every policy we have.’ ”

It’s not clear yet on what inspired them to take their horses through town.

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  4. Romaney says:

    So much for Steamboat’s Western Heritage… Tasering was really unnecessary in this case. Cops know where Mike lives and works and they could have let him put his horse up before arresting him…

  5. Brookjeanne Gardner says:

    G R E A T idea! The ride, not the taser….

  6. Guest says:

    …so a man with a donkey walks into a bar.

    Bartender: What can I get for you and your friend, Mr. President?”

  7. Frank says:

    I know a guy that did this in Santa Monica, CA years ago. He rode his horse into a bar, ordered a drink, drank it, and rode off. Nobody tasered him, no cops, just some fun and lots of laughs. Of course that was about 1982, and now we live in a police state. Holler back if you remember how free and easy things used to be.

  8. Bobi Becker says:

    This is awesome to say the least! Reminds me of back in the 50’s, rounding up the cattle in the late fall to drive them down to the main ranch for the winter. We would ride our horses into the bar in this one small town, have a drink, head out again and pushing the cows down the canyon, hit the next small town bar… Never caused a flap and everyone had a great time…Our whiskey flasks would be empty after most of the early part of the day, riding up in the high country with snow and cold. Some places would be close to zero degrees…. Was a great time and no one was harmed nor were our animals. Too bad life is not so simple anymore, and those were the best times of my life….I do understand the many whom have a closed mind and are not happy campers anymore…Sad they cannot or will not experience the real fun of life….

  9. coalburner says:

    “Beer for my Horses” and coffee for me cause I had too much. LOL! Lighten up Starbucks. If I had been there would have offered the horses their beer outside though.

  10. Fecal McStool says:

    I like to talk about stool.

  11. Lids says:

    Jail them all and let them ‘Brokeback Mountain’ each other. If people only knew how much gay stuff goes on with men that claim to be cowboys….

  12. Willis Forster says:

    Three horses and each had two rear ends.

  13. Li says:

    That horse in the video was barely 15 hands store clerk you should see a 17 hh horse and tell me what is a “big” horse. Anything under 14.2 is considered a pony btw.

  14. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    so starbucks doesnt allow service animals? i smell ada lawsuit.

  15. FreudianSlip says:

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  16. John Elway says:


  17. Rich In Ct says:

    “It’s not clear yet on what inspired them to take their horses through town.”

    Duh…maybe the alcohol?

  18. mike says:

    The gal at the Starbucks counter didn’t seem to be concerned…

  19. Jason Weishaupt says:

    If I get refused coffee on my horse in Starbucks I am going to tell them that I am a gay cowboy and if they refuse to serve me I will sue them.

    JJ The Fed

  20. joe E says:

    One of the things I love about Steamboat Springs is that this kind of thing can happen there…love it and my horse would have too…

  21. Justavet says:

    A horse, is a horse, of course, of course….and no one can talk to a horse of course. And that is why the rider got tazed and not the horse, of course

  22. Cabin Stove says:

    No horseplay! The ADA’s gonna have a cow when they find out that seeing-eye horses weren’t allowed in these establishments.

  23. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:

    “Could I have a Super Extra Large Double Soy Latte and a bag of free range diet oats for my horse, please?

  24. Bob says:

    One Starbucks customer couldn’t believe her eyes….$4.75 for 3oz of oatmeal for the horse

  25. AdrienneM says:

    Actually, this is the kind of recurring fantasy I have had ever since a kid growing up in Manhattan. I was definitely born too late.

  26. Alan says:

    Man, some of you folks act like you’ve never ridden a motorcycle into a bar before!

  27. Jasonn says:

    Whiskey for my men; beer for my horses?

  28. J in Pasadena says:

    I saw a couple horses in a bar once. They kept handing me their phone numbers, and I kept moving to different tables.

  29. Principlex says:

    @Vernon. You welcome it at your peril. A man’s property is his means for living. You violate his right to his property, which this guy did by jeopardizing his store and his business, then you take away his right to live. So welcome it all you want, Vernon. You welcome your own demise.

  30. Odinson says:

    We need more horses and less hydras (federal government)…

  31. AlBoy says:

    A horse walks into a bar and says “Highballs are on me!”

  32. Dr Mikey says:

    My wife and I would occasionally ride our hirses into town in Snohomish, WA and ride up to the drive-up window at the Pichuck Drive-In – we’d get ice cream and french fries….never occurred to actually go inside….

  33. Sundance says:

    When I lived in Wyoming, the junior and senior high school kids used to be able to ride their horses to school. There was a stable there for them, and a small corral. They don’t really do it anymore, but it is not because they are not allowed, they just don’t choose to ride. Too many cars now, and it might have become too dangerous for the horses. I think the cops were way out of line tasering these people in Colorado. Notice how it wasn’t until they got to Starbucks that anyone complained.

  34. Dawgnabox says:

    They rode into the stores because there was no place to tie up their horses outside. That’s discrimination, I don’t care who you are.

  35. ez says:

    “It’s not clear yet on what inspired them to take their horses through town”

    Fairly clear to me, alcohol was involved. I don’t believe there would be a problem with riding up to a store, tieing up your horse and getting your coffee. The problem is self centered idiots who feel entitled to ride INTO the store.

    Total jerks.

    1. Roy Rogers says:

      I hate it when horses liquor up.

      It’s so tacky.

      1. Bill E Bob says:

        You seem a little Trigger happy.

  36. Nikki says:

    Saves a ton on gas, but they could of gotten off the horses and left them outside while they bought things from the store.

  37. reno says:


  38. Phil Mckracken says:

    Q: How do you get a horse into a Safeway Bag?
    A: You take the “S” out of “Safe” and the “F” out of “Way”

    Q: But there is no “F” in “WAY”…?
    A: That’s right, there is no F-N way…

  39. pigpie1 says:

    As a mule owner and a Coloradan, THANK GOD that Colorado still is a cowboy state! YeeeHaaaaa!

    Their only mistake – not riding mules!

  40. JackieG says:

    Got to be something in the Human Rights code vindicating the horses.
    Who was harmed?

  41. RetUSA1/75 says:

    This leads me to believe that some of the folks observing the rider’s were/are just wrapped a bit too tight. Nothing like the smell of sweat and the creaking leather hanging from a horse. Sounds to me the masters of their mounts had it right. This is the best news and fun I have had in a long time. Man, I wish I were riding right alongside with them. R.L.T.W.!

  42. What Happen? says:

    riding a horse in Starbucks or Safeway is only allowed if your carrying a Political sign and claim it’s a free speech right …Geeee Wizz we live in a Commie police run State.. Com-on People you know this is the new Federal mandated law!

  43. blacknblue2 says:

    Who was the idiot in the story saying they were huge horses? In the picture you can see that they were horses, not ponies and no larger than a normal horse.

    American’s are such a scary bunch, they are also losing the ability to do things on their own. A local unfinished furniture store stopped carrying unfinished furniture and now carry finished furniture. I asked the clerk why the change? She said because people didn’t know how to finish the furniture anymore.

    Can people still change a light bulb in America without help? Waaa waaaa waaaa — cry cry cry, time to outlaw horses — protect me — waaa waaa waaa.

  44. Malik Al Spaghetti says:

    A mob of teen looters is okay, but people freak out over some guys on horses who PAID for their merchandise. They didn’t damage anything or hurt anyone – no more dangerous than a fat broad on a heavy electric cart in Wal Mart (who could run over your foot). The reaction here is just typical of modern AmeriKa..it really sucks when you think of the warped logic that people have adapted.

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