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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.

Comments (152)
  1. Dogs are OK !!!!!! says:

    But it’s OK to take some dirty hairy dog in the store and dogs kill lots of people every year….

  2. TC says:

    Just claim your part of the Occupy Movement and Salzar will forgive you. i suppose if it was a politially motivated ride it would have been ok and the lefties would have claimed it a “free speach” right .. get over it O

  3. Lipstick says:

    I saw no galloping in this video. It was funny. Only 3 horses. If you are from the city this could be scary. If you come from my neck of the woods not so much. They can’t gallop horses on the floors in these places or the horses might fall and hurt themselves. The horses were in more danger than the people. That’s my opinion anyway.

  4. Chicago ray says:

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


  5. Tigerlily says:

    I don’t mind this story because no one go hurt, the horses are fine, and it’s kind of funny. And the cops didn’t lose their cheese over this little kind of hijinks. I would have made him pay for the chips in dimes!!! Bwa-ha!

  6. Jim says:

    Nah, face it, you folks have envy for them.

    We don’t have that many laws on the books because of yahoo’s we have that many laws on the books because people believe that every aspect of our lives has to be in control of some form of punishment.

    did they break anything? if so, sue them. I didn’t see any claims of any sort of breakage.

    huge horses? Well, yeah, in your face they’re gigantic.

    I still don’t see why anybody cared. This is Steamboat Springs, not Denver!

    Hope he gets acquitted.

    But if there’s any damage, I hope they pay it – everybody ASSUMES that these people wouldn’t be responsible for their conduct and thus justify any level of force used against them so that they’re envy can be abated.

    Face it, you wish you had the brassards to do this!

    1. Jim says:

      Geez, just read my own post – I need a spelling, tense and grammar lesson!

      1. Professor Henry Higgins says:


        Capitalization, punctuation — not to mention the participles you left dangling…

  7. Angelo says:

    Consider this: The wife calls you at work to pick up a few things at the store on the way home. You get home and she says “why are you chuckling?” Oh, nothing honey; oh and, I’ll go to the store anytime

  8. Iambic PentaMaster says:

    Two guys and a gal made the rounds,
    Rode their broncos way out of bounds,
    They hit all the bars,
    Then, dodging the cars,
    Rode right into Safeway’s surrounds.

    They had ridden through the Starbuck’s,
    Mounting up, abandoned their trucks,
    Mike Miller said “No,”
    And, “Don’t tase me, bro’,”
    They’d run out of collective lucks.

    Shocked, Mike was hauled off to the jail,
    He later bonded out on bail,
    The moral, my friends –
    This is how it ends –
    When riding, don’t drink too much ale.

  9. Iambic PentaMaster says:

    Two guys and a gal made the rounds,
    Rode their broncos way out of bounds,
    They hit all the bars,
    Then, dodging the cars,
    Rode right into Safeway’s surrounds.

    They had ridden through the Starbuck’s,
    Mounting up, abandoned their trucks,
    Mike Miller said “No,”
    And, “Don’t tase me, bro’,”
    They’d run out of collective lucks.

    Shocked, Mike was hauled off to the jail,
    He later bonded out on bail,
    The moral, my friends —
    This is how it ends —
    When riding, don’t drink to much ale.

  10. Thomas says:

    This exemplifies the difference between America now, and the America I grew up in. 30 years ago I rode a horse to a 7-11 just outside the beltway in the Washington D.C. metro area right next to Springfield Mall in Alexandria, Virginia. I was packing a loaded .357 magnum revolver on my hip. A Fairfax county police officer did a double-take when he saw me as he drove by. He did a u-turn and drove up to me, politely asked me if the gun was loaded. I said “yes”. He casually asked me to unload it and hand it to him. I did. He asked me my name, note he did not ask for identification. After a few minutes he came back with my gun and handed it to me and said it checked out. I reloaded the gun and replaced it on my hip. Just then my horse dropped a huge load in the parking lot. The officer apologized figuring it was his fault for holding me up so long the horse could not hold it. Can you imagine any police officer being so civil nowadays? This is truly a sad story because I miss my country.

    1. Tim says:


      Nope. Even 30 years ago a police officer would ask for ID. The way you tell, it’d be a simple matter for someone with an arrest warrant to avoid arrest.

      1. Bob says:

        Nope, thirty years ago, citizens were NOT required to carry an ID.

  11. The Bruce says:

    This definitely falls into the category of, “You just can’t make this sh** up.”

    Would have loved to see it with my own eyes.

  12. Wish I had been there to see it says:

    A fat man in a red suit with eight (count ’em — eight) reindeer can fly up your chimney and break into your home while you are sleeping but three riders on horseback go into a grocery store and everyone goes ballistic.

  13. Mark says:

    Ahahahahahahaha this was totally AWESOME! Good job, riders!

  14. Brad Skidmore says:

    This is how we Roll…er uhh…Ride in Colorado.

  15. Gary says:

    Tomorrow, there will be shoppers on motorcycles inside the stores, and everyone will wish for the good ol’ days when horses roamed the asiles.

  16. N Gregory says:

    Please keep in mind that the rider is to blame, not the beautiful horse! I hope the Judge rescues all three horses and gives them to someone who will be a responsible caretaker.
    Go Broncos and Tebow!

    1. Hold Yer Horses says:

      Oh dear God. The horses are fine. Now seriously, go watch a Lifetime movie or something so you can cry over something legitimate, for a change.

      1. Katie says:

        Exactly! And from what exactly would the judge be rescuing these horses? Their irresponsible caretakers?

        You obviously know dit about horses. Those horses are in fine health. You must be one of those eco/PETA freeks who think that livestock should be kept as pets and given the same rights as humans. Geez!

      2. Katie says:

        I meant that N Gregory doesn’t know what its talking about.

  17. dave langhoff says:

    Whiskeys for my men,,,beer for my horses!

  18. Joe says:

    A little horseplay, a little towel poppin’…etc, etc…

  19. Dave S says:

    fantastic!! Love it.

  20. Keith L. says:

    Godspeed, sirs. An America where a man can’t ride his horse into town and pick up some provisions is an America in which I do not wish to live.

    1. MorganGray says:

      Into *TOWN* is not the issue.
      Into two businesses which must observe cleanliness standards – businesses which provide food and drink *IS* the issue.
      There is a difference.

  21. heelers4me says:

    My friends and I used to ride our horses (bareback) to the local store and to school on the last day. It was seen as an amusement by onlookers, not complained about by the school and a rare treat for the kids who didn’t have access to horses to pet and be around them for a while.EVERYONE NEEDS TO LIGHTEN THE HELL UP!!!!

    1. Hefty Hereafter says:


      Was unaware that it was too heavy.

  22. elevenhundred says:

    So interesting question. What CAN’T a cop taser us for?

    1. sofa says:

      a cop can taze a serf for any whim. “suspicion of harassment, disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer” during tazing, and resisting tazing and kidnapping.

      How dare serfs not bow down and lick their boots. Massa goes to the whip.

      1. MorganGray says:

        Let’s try this again, *Resisting Arrest”! What part of that do you not understand?

        These schmucks were breaking the law.

        One resisted arrest.

        He got tazed.

      2. Bob says:

        Morgan Gray … it is well known that when “Resisting Arrest” is the only charge .. there is no charge. If I walked up and tried to arrest you .. I presume you would resist to some degree.

      3. MorganGray says:

        Well, Bob, are you a police officer? If so, you should know better than to defend these bozos.

        The question of my resisting arrest is a red herring. But for the sake of your argument:
        Does the officer have legitimate cause to arrest me? Has he properly identify himself as a police officer?
        If he have met all these requirements, then I will not resist.
        But, being as how I tend to not break any laws, a police officer would have scant reason to arrest me.

        However, I seriously doubt you *ARE* a police officer. Your post tells me you are right up there with sofa on the cop-hating spectrum.

        Thus, your question is moot.
        Try again.

        By the way, If you as a private citizen walked up to me and tried to kidnap me (which is what the law calls arrest by a private citizen in the absence of a crime, [or at least unlawful restraint,) you can bet I’m going to resist. And I am very good at resisting criminal restraint of my person.

  23. Horse Killer says:

    I would have shot the horse dead if I was shopping and a 1000 pound animal came at me.

    1. LTCB says:

      If I were it’s rider, I would have reciprocated. Take the joke or get out of the way.

      1. UYeahU says:

        So you would break the law, endanger others, then when they defend themselves in a potentially dangerous situation, you would commit murder over a dead horse? Some joke, yet another reason our country is in decline.

        Horses are unpredictable; I had a friend killed by one. This genius who rode into the bar was likely very drunk and had already been in a bar fight. The horse was probably more in control than the human. In the noise, lights and crowded conditions of a bar the horse could have panicked and trampled the patrons.

        BTW the word is “its”, not “it’s”.

  24. flynny says:

    This was kinda like the last hoorah, since Barry O wants to euthanize/slaughter all our horses and turn them into soylent green for the wall street protest gimme gimme crowds. Since he could not use our elderly with obamacare.

    Another reason he wants to slaughter and rid the US of wild horses is because Ronald Reagan was a real Horse lover, We all know Obama secretly loathes Reagan’s legacy. Obama’s a legend in his own mind, trying to channel RR just to get reelected, it’s all so disgusting…..

    1. Sebastian XAvier says:

      You’re disgusting.

      1. FTW says:

        flynny is right. And I’ll add that Obama truly hates the United States of America. Everything he does is deliberate all for the purpose of destroying this mighty nation. He is an arrogant fascist pig with a secret love of horse meat. His daddy was a muslim communist and we all know that evil is fittest to consort with evil.

  25. flynny says:

    I think the whole thing was pretty cool. Nice calm horses at that. Well trained anyway. I’m Glad Obama was not working the meat counter at Safeway, he would have wanted someone else to slaughter them. Since obama is too much of a wimp to get is fingernails dirty.

  26. rsjoberg says:

    The Starbucks guy should have asked, “Are the horses paying or will it be seperate tabs?”

  27. Boob says:

    This is what rich people do..disregard law and order…
    For another example see Lindsay in hawaii and her shoot at the PB Mansion,
    only lost 10,000…..could have made my Christmas …
    Where’s my Hay????
    hey hey hey…. hey hey hey….
    Coooco ochoo Mrs. Robinson…..

    1. Hold Yer Horses says:

      Dude, your name is pretty apt. These guys were local ranchers, not fancy rich people. But by all means, denigrate rich people (aka the ones who could give you a job and help you move outta your mama’s basement).

  28. kishke says:

    The cops are taser happy.

  29. Tim_CA says:

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

    Um….what part of the line “three people took their horses to several bars” did you not understand?

  30. A Jones says:

    Whoa! Some of you have missed the mane point -Should the judge rein them in and throw the book at them? Neigh, I should hope not. They were just out to have BIT of fun. It would behoove you to get a sense of humor. Has a Gallop poll been taken? They were just out to stirrup some laughs.

    1. thanks for the laugh says:

      A+ :)

    2. sofa says:

      Tazed for what?
      Physically assaulted and kidnapped, for what?

      1. MorganGray says:

        Lessee… I think the charge was resisting arrest.
        And, sofa, that is the technical term; “arrest”, not kidnapping. Climb down off your leftist, cop-hating soap-box.
        These boobs might have been thinking they were having some harmless fun – granted. They may have been intoxicated. There is no law against stupid, and all those things.
        But… there is a reason only service animals are allowed inside most stores which sell food and restaurants – public health.
        Or maybe you wouldn’t mind if a big pile of horse manure ended up in the vegetable bin, or on the floor at Starbucks. Maybe you’d think it was funny that the employees would have to clean up the mess, and that Safeway had to throw out the food that was contaminated.
        The riders were nitwits. Period. They acted like a couple of addled school kids. One resisted arrest, and they got whacked for it.
        End of story.

    3. AdrienneM says:

      HAY- I def-WHINNY-ately agree. GALLOP poll? How about a STRAW poll?

    4. MorganGray says:

      OTOH… A Jones… great job.

  31. UpintheOaks says:

    Galloping in? Scared the customers and the cashiers? I saw none of that, can’t the “reporters” use their own eyes? This Steamboat Springs! Any town with the word “Springs” in it has to be used to horses and this was just a prank. I’m from Shingle Springs – horses are everywhere and if someone came into our Safeway on a horse it would draw a crowd, but nobody would be scared, especially with such nice horses and such good riders.

  32. Linda Kate says:

    Well, it IS Colorado and horses were there LONG before Starbucks…and those paints are beautiful. If one of them was mine, I’d want everyone to see him too. Shopping by horseback….totally cool. People scared of horses living in Colorado…totally insane. IMO.

    1. Hold Yer Horses says:

      Yeah, well, it’s a resort town. The hand wringers move in from places like Cali and try their hardest to ruin it. The commentary in the video from the folks that are saying “this is totally not sanitary” is a great example. At least we aren’t as bad as Aspen. Yet.

  33. Carlos says:

    If they were in L.A. the cops would have killed them.

    1. Slippy says:

      And if they were in Arizona, the fast-food restaurants would have had free beef for a few months!

  34. We are Equine State says:

    A little bit of horsing around, never any harm in that.

    Wait, unless Sandusky was involved. Someone better check and see that he hasn’t fled PA for CO.

  35. UYeahU says:

    Bartender: “Wow, we don’t get many horses in this bar!”
    Horse: “At these prices I’m not surprised!”

  36. Mr. Ed says:

    Just some harmless horsing around. Nothing wrong with a little horseplay. Innocent little prank. Shoppers were scared? Why? Were they demo riders? Just some freaking horses! Willl-burrrrrr

    1. Mr. Ed says:

      That should say “demon riders.” Right, Willl-buurrrrr?

  37. WillieJohn says:

    I hope the police tased the living sht out of him, AH.
    –yo a child, a horse may as well be a motor vehicle
    –and horse are easily spooked in unfamilair human habitats
    –I hope the judge gives him the max

    1. porchhound says:

      You are a fool WillieJohn. Your mama dropped you on your head more than once reaching for her crack pipe and you know NOTHING about horses. ALL horses don’t get “spooked in unfamiliar human habitats”. Try to comment on things you actually know something about.

    2. Katie says:

      Wish my horses were as well behaved as these three! Those horsemen must be really good and work with their horses a lot or the horses wouldn’t have even entered the building, stood quietly while the rider made his purchase, etc.

      Wish people like you would actually think before you speak / write about something you know diddly.

  38. Patrick Lee says:

    Where is the common sense? These types of idiots are why there are so many laws on the books. Just because there isn’t a law against doing something does not always mean it a good idea. These horse riders think they are so hip or maverick but the reality is they are only showing that they need government to legislate to them because they can’t act responsibly or maturely. Grow up!

    1. blahblahblah says:

      Hip? Seriously? I doubt these guys were trying to be “hip.”

      Sounds more like a few drunk hayseeds to me, trying to do something goofy and stir up some trouble in the process.

      Harmless trouble. Nobody was hurt, one of them got what was coming, everything is fine, I don’t think we need to go overboard on these guys.

    2. vern says:

      Oh get a life. I think your jealous

    3. tim says:

      Ok, Mr. Lee, this is the reason that we have laws? Really? Because if we didn’t we would all be over run by wildmen on horseback trying to buy chips at the local store? I would rather have to step around the random crazy on horse looking for chips than have another BS law trying to stop the once in a million occurence that didn’t need to be stopped to begin with. HOnestly, assume there isn’t a law on the book about horses and starbucks…has it really been a problem till now…do you really think we’re gonna have to put the brakes on a rash of horses at the local coffee shop? Maybe we should just take it as it comes and ask the horse to leave one by one instead of call an emergency legistlative session.

      1. Vernon Dozier says:

        ““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.”

        God bless you Michael Joseph Miller, Kenneth Recker and Roxanne Lange. Nobody was frightened, there is just a war going on with anything that looks out of place according to any given police officer. The average citizen? We welcome this kind of tomfoolery. I woulda’ smiled and continued on my way.

        1. Hold Yer Horses says:

          You guys should read the police blotter in the Steamboat paper. People in this town call the cops for every little thing. It would be even more hilarious if it wasn’t also a little sad. Ninnies!

      2. Bub says:

        No, really, we need to legislate against this just incase some Starbucks customer is alergic to horses. They could go in to Anaphylactic shock. It could be like giving out peanuts on airplanes all over again. Ahhhhhchooooooo!

    4. LTCB says:

      Sure scrooge, I hope you got coal in your stocking too. I don’t advocate stupid stunts but, this gets done all the time in the movies and nobody says they’re being a bad example. Just because of all the promiscuity in the movies, that doesn’t mean real people would do that too would it? i blame Hollywood.
      But, bottom line is, that this was good for more than a few good laughs.

    5. Justin Time says:

      Actually, you’re spot on Mr Lee. Our freedoms exist because we have, with great success, governed ourselves. When you abuse a freedom, you can bet that it wont be long until that freedom no longer exists. Even 200 years ago you wouldn’t ride your horse into the general store.

      Not only will they ban horses from going in stores, but they’ll ban them from being on city streets or in town altogether, etc … I like horses and I like the freedom to ride. I sure would hate to see cities start making ordinances that effect what people have been doing for hundreds of years simply because a few careless and thoughtless individuals took it a step too far.

      1. GNS says:

        200 years ago the horse wouldn’t fit into the average general store. BTW this kind of stuff did use to happen and they usually got shoed out with a broom. I can remember some guy riding his horse into the drugstore and right up to the soda fountain. LOL This guy was always pulling one kind of stunt or other and it didn’t mean the whole town fallowed suit or made a bunch of dumb laws.
        This kind of stuff isn’t why we have so many stupid over reaching laws. Its people like you and Lee that have no sense of humor and can’t think of other ways to handle goofy or dumb stunts like this. Why don’t you two go someplace where martial law is already in effect and you need permission just to paint your house.

    6. Katie says:

      Democrat, right? Card carrying member of the Socialist Democrats of America? Tired of thinking for yourself and want the Nanny State to take care of you?

      These guys pulled and stunt and if any damage was caused then they should pay for them. But for this you want the government to write more laws and legislate everything? You really should move to the E.U. and stop trying to turn the U.S. into the E.U., Russia or China. You would feel safer there because they believe like you do.

  39. James says:

    They had colds and were a little horse…

    I think they have the right idea. We need to go back to horses and buggies…a gentler time in many ways.

  40. Liberal Donkey says:

    A shame the police used a stun gun. They should have fired real bullets from a real gun. Silly Colorado fruits.

  41. Paula Bryant Siepieranski says:

    I wish I could shop on horseback

  42. Nomad says:

    You can lead a horse to Safeway, but you can’t make him shop!

  43. hung like a says:

    A horse walked into a Safeway and the cashier said “So, why the long face?”

  44. Ernie Zippreplat says:

    They will have to pony up the money for the damages after all that horsing around!

  45. Steve Wagenr says:

    They were probably protesting environmental regulations against CO2 releases from horse manure.

  46. ManOnPoint says:

    They just finished watching “Blazing Saddles” and confused Clevon Little the Sheriff with Obama!!!

  47. Jim says:

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

    Because they’re mad as hell, and they’re not going to take it anymore!

    1. ccc says:

      You sure that’s a horse? Looks like Chelsea Clinton.

      1. RJ says:

        Why the long face?

      2. the avenger says:

        naw……looks like an ass……………lol

  48. Spanky says:

    Cleanup on aisle 3!

    1. Capt. Ron says:

      Those people are racists against horses…the horses were here before the corporations. In Colorado, horses have priority over Starbucks or Safeway…go Broncos!

      1. Roger M. says:

        It’s Bronco-Mania again!

        If the Broncos can beat the Patriots Sunday, there will be a lot more horses shopping at Starbucks in person, for Christmas gift cards, for all the horse haters out there!!

    2. Jennifer W. says:


    3. Marty says:

      Recently hundreds of people on bikes thought it would be “fun” to ride through a department store in a mall on Black Friday. Quick acting security were able to block out most of the riders but a few got in. When they saw that they were mostly alone they got off their bikes and walked them out of the store. Had all the riders been successful getting in customers and employees would have been caught in the middle of the chaos and a lot of damage would have happened in the store. This is the second time the bike flash mob has tried to ride through the department store. Back in the 70’s some guy would streak across a baseball field and most people would laugh, but more and more people don’t give a damn who or what they damage all for the glory of a prank.
      Think about an America where people are trampling the rights and safety of others. Think about it happening in your work place, or a store your family is shopping in. I think the guys were selfish jerks.

      1. FTW says:

        Well you’re boring.

      2. Bob says:

        Definitely boring.

      3. swissik says:

        You are the sourpuss of the week. Frankly I’d rather have horses in the store than bicyclists. The latter are a rude lot believing they are so superior to us ordinary folk. In San Francisco they cause havoc every last Friday of the month, thereby trampling all over the rights of workers, shoppers, tourists etc. by preventing them to go about their business.

      4. GNS says:

        YOu need to get a life! these guys and horses didn’t hurt anyone or damage any property. Take you tight tush to any one of the numerous countries where you can’t fart without getting in trouble.

      5. ahizzy says:

        Yeah, boring.

  49. Rick O'Shea says:

    Some western states still have quirky laws on the books. According to the charges, it might be worth it to investigate.

    1. Sgt. Schultz says:

      This is the Colorado version of Occupy Starbucks, and a retort to Occupy Walmart from yesterday.

      was one of those horses Thunder the Broncos mascot, btw?

    2. Jennifer w. says:

      “It’s not clear yet on what inspired them to take their horses through town.” Really? You don’t think maybe they had a little too much to drink? Also- they didn’t steal anything? And Police had to taser them- why? I’d like to think for the sake of a good story. And this, friends, is a mighty good one. I’d like to thank these gentlemen riders for a really good laugh.

      1. Katie says:

        Good grief! We used to take horses through the McD’s drive through when they still had the pneumatic hoses…we actually taught our horses to stomp on them to ring the bell. Chris Ladoux rode his horse through a frat house at ENMU…up the front steps, in the front door, through the house, out the back door and down the steps…IT WAS FUNNY! Instead of using personal judgement, Americans have quit using their brains and blindly follow laws. These three are hilarious but the clerk who called the horses ‘huge’ needs to get out more. It’s not like these guys were on Clydesdales.

      2. Ann McArthur says:

        the police tasered them because one of the blokes hit someone with his fist.

    3. Pancho says:

      Looks as though we still have a few American Boys up there in Colorado!
      Semper fi !
      Pancho en Arizona

      1. Ancient Pollyanna says:

        My horse is named Pancho (!) and I always wanted to ride him through Viva Fresh Mexican Restaurant in Burbank because it had been done before, according to the bartenders, so the dream remains.

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