A Napoleonville man was arrested Friday after confessing to taking someone’s horse in a failed attempt to ride it bareback out of town to see a Mardi Gras parade, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.

The horse, which he let go after it bucked him off repeatedly, was returned to its owner, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Sheriff’s deputies responded about 8 a.m. Feb. 15 to a complaint in the Napoleonville area that a horse, valued at $10,000, had been stolen from its stall. Deputies found a bridle was missing from the stall, as well.

At 10:30 a.m., deputies learned of a horse running in a field near Hard Time Road in Napoleonville. The horse was captured, identified as the stolen horse and returned to its owner, Waguespack said in news release.

Further investigation led deputies to Maison G. Rivere, 20, 1615 La. 402, Napoleonville, who admitted being drunk when he decided to take the horse and ride it to Thibodaux, about 18 miles away by road, according to the news release.

After the horse bucked him off more than once, Rivere let the horse go free and walked back home, the report said.

Rivere was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville on Friday on counts of criminal damage to property, simple cruelty to animals and felony theft. Bail has not been set, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.