A South Carolina man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after it was revealed that he rode his horse more than 700 miles from his home in South Carolina to Key West, Florida. The man was later identified as 36-year-old Christopher Emerson who is accused of riding his horse Trigger for the entire distance. According to 7 News Miami, Emerson was arrested at Miami on Wednesday after he was found riding the horse on a busy busway.
According to police officials, Emerson took more than four months to complete his old school journey which started from his hometown in Greenwood, South Carolina. He told police officials that riding the entire 700-mile stretch from South Carolina to Florida was one of his ways to come out of a rough patch in his life. Emerson had only recently had a divorce and had also wrecked his truck, leaving him only with Trigger, his horse, to complete his trip. However, not many people were impressed with his mode of transport after several people made calls to local SPCA offices complaining about the horse being in a poor state of health.