Who needs cars when you've got ponies
More and more people are trading in their costly gasoline guzzling vehicles for the environmentally friendly hybrid car. A group of co-workers at a dental office in Washington decided to take one step further in protecting the environment - and their bank accounts. On Wednesday, after gas prices hit the $4 per gallon mark, the group boycotted their cars and saddled up their horses for a leisurely ride to work.
Since more than half of the dental assistants and office staff own horses, on Wednesday the crew saddled up and rode in to work.
"We decided that when gas got to $4 a gallon, we would all ride in," Leonard said.
Ten riders and two bicyclists met up at Leonard's home about four miles north of his office for the commute. City officials in Arlington, located about 50 miles north of Seattle, granted them a special permit to ride as a group.
"We can't dictate how much oil companies charge, but today we're not buying," Leonard said. "We're using one-horse power."
Leonard said the ride was a way to encourage his patients to use alternative forms of transportation.