High school student rides horse to school to save gas money

High school student rides horse to school to save gas money

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"If I ride him to school every day, five days a week, I won't burn a dime. And I'll have fun doing it," Bradley Walker says. "If I ride him to school every day, five days a week, I won't burn a dime. And I'll have fun doing it," Bradley Walker says.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

ROCKWOOD (WATE) -- A Rockwood High School senior says he's found a solution to high gas prices. It's his horse, Pumpkin. 

This week, Bradley Walker is riding Pumpkin to and from school and keeping the horse in a make-shift stall behind the school.

"It saves gas. Gas is getting ridiculous," Walker says. "It really hit me last night. When I drove to Oak Ridge it was $3.56 and when I came home it was $3.66. It went up a dime in an hour's time and that was ridiculous to me."

"So I went home, a buddy of mine came over and put some shoes on Pumpkin, I gave him a hair cut and then I saddled him up this morning and headed out," Walker adds.

The senior only lives a few miles from school. It's a 10 minute drive, but a 45 minute horseback ride. Still, Walker says it's all worth it to save some cash.

"I might get eight miles to the gallon in my old truck. So driving up here and back every day, five days a week, I probably burn $25 worth of gas."

"If I ride him to school every day, five days a week, I won't burn a dime. And I'll have fun doing it. It's pretty out, it's nice out. It wasn't really cold this morning. It was cold for about 10 minutes and then it warmed up. And me and my horse went right up the road," Walker says.

Walker's idea has inspired other students at his school.

Since there isn't enough room on campus for multiple horses, Walker and the others are looking for space nearby to keep their fuel-friendly rides during the day.

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