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

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

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.

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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.