Is it legal to ride horses on public roads in Massachusetts?

Hampden County

More than just motor vehicles were making their way down Main Street in Springfield Wednesday. 

A viewer sent this video of horses riding over the North End Bridge, and another sent 22News these photos of four people riding on horseback down Main Street. 

Massachusetts law does not prohibit horses from riding on the roads, but some local residents who saw the horses Wednesday said it caused them some concern. 

Rico Danielle, the owner of Mom and Rico’s, told 22News it could be dangerous to have horses on public roads.

“I saw about 14 people on horses,” Danielle said. “It was a little scary the way they were riding, it wasn’t like a single file. Especially today with this traffic always bumper to bumper, it’s very dangerous, you hear a lot of horns tooting all the time. If you’re going to have horses and bikes it’s going to get worse, someone’s going to get hurt.”

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 84 says all town ways and highways are kept in repair for travelers, their horses, and other vehicles. 

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