Man spanks Orlando police horse, gets saddled with charges, authorities say

ORLANDO, Fla. Authorities are saying neigh to a man whom an Orlando police mounted officer says slapped the rear of his horse early Sunday morning downtown then ran away.

Police said they were patrolling the downtown area on North Orange Avenue at 2:30 a.m. when Casey Martin Waldner, 29, of San Diego, California, walked up behind an officer and his horse, Izzy, and slapped her rump. Izzy was startled and spun around, the officer said.

Waldner hoofed it and ran away when the mounted patrol officer tried to speak with him, according to the arrest report.

The officer notified another police officer on foot and asked him to speak with Waldner, who was then walking near Orange Avenue and Washington Street.

“Officer Rine knew who I was talking about because he observed him run from me moments earlier,” the mounted patrol officer wrote in the arrest report.

Walder was arrested without incident.

Waldner was saddled with charges of injuring a police horse, resisting without violence and possession of cocaine. His bail was set at $1,250.