What’s it like to ride a horse in downtown Austin? I joined this man to find out

Samuel Grey Horse and Pam LeBlanc high five after reaching downtown Austin by horseback on Monday. Photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman


If you spend any time in downtown Austin, you’ve probably seen Samuel Grey Horse riding his ponies through downtown Austin.

And by ponies I mean his mule, Mula, or his big white horse, Tex.

Grey Horse, whose given name is Samuel Oliva Jr., is famous for his 2011 arrest for riding his mule on Sixth Street while intoxicated. He says he’s quit drinking since then. Today he says he draws healing energy from his animals.

Samuel Grey Horse and Pam LeBlanc ride Mula and Tex down Sixth Street on Monday. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman

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I joined him Monday on a meandering ride from his cabin off of East Riverside Drive to the Paramount Theatre on Sixth Street. We clip-clopped down trails, across the bridge at Pleasant Valley Road and along Cesar Chavez and Sixth streets. It took a while, because Grey Horse knows a lot of people, and he’s got a lot to say.

I’ll be writing about the experience in an upcoming story in the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

Crossing Pleasant Valley Drive made Pam LeBlanc a bit nervous. Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman


Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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