Horse Ridden On Chicago Highway By Mayor’s ‘Census Cowboy’ May Be Euthanized

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Cook County prosecutors say the horse ridden down the Dan Ryan Expressway by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “Census Cowboy” was forced to do the equivalent of an 80-year-old woman running a full marathon. The horse, ridden 7 1/2 miles down the highway, may have to be euthanized, according to the prosecutors who say the horse wasn’t equipped for the ride and was almost run to death by Adam Hollingsworth.

Over the summer, Lightfoot introduced Hollingsworth to the Chicago community and announced he would be used to get the word out about filling out census forms via his Dreadhead Cowboy act. The cowboy rode into a press conference atop his horse Prince, who is now in very bad shape thanks to the actions on the highway.

An equine veterinarian told authorities the horse suffered “a great deal” during the ride and there was “profuse” bleeding due to lack of proper shoes for the pavement.

Even if Prince is to survive, he’ll never be able to be ridden again, according to the state attorney in charge of the animal cruelty case.

As for the mayor, she’s now furious with the cowboy she hailed back in July. “What is clear is that this stunt not only seriously endangered the horse, but also the rider and all travelers on the expressway,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “There is a right way and a wrong way to call attention to issues of great importance, and this stunt was decidedly the very wrong way.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. 1) What the hell is wrong with you to so abuse an innocent animal? Just horrible and cruel. This guy needs some jail time and likely a mental health evaluation.

    2). As a long time resident of Chicago I had some quiet optimism for Lightfoot in that at least she wasn’t part of the machine politics, but she has proven to be wildly out of her depth. She certainly inherited a mess, but she sure hasn’t done much about it. How about we take a break on the stunts, on virtue signaling, on raising awareness, on the abrasive & arrogant responses to anyone that questions her. At this point the mayor’s goal for the remainder of her term should be minimal baseline competence, because right now she has a very long way to go to reach that.

    • Wildly out of her depth? Are you for real? Lightfoot is not out of her depth, she is stupid and incompetent. She makes it worse for black residents on the south and west side. Why you residents put up with her boggles my mind. If you voted for her you are to blame.

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