Jobless Woman Looks For Work On Horseback
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 – updated: 12:01 pm EST February 11, 2009
RIVERVIEW, Fla. -- A Florida woman says she's just a cowgirl looking for work.
Donna Byrne is making her way from Hillsborough County to an Ocala horse auction on horseback. The 44-year-old woman says she lost her job and her house, but she won't lose her two horses, Tonto and Jay.
Byrne is riding Tonto and loaded Jay with about 100 pounds of clothes, blankets and a tent. Their little caravan covers about 10 to 15 miles a day. Byrne says the horses have spooked a little along the highway but otherwise are keeping their heads.
She hopes to find a few days' work in Ocala before heading to Texas to look for ranch work. She was tending cattle in Arcadia until the operation shut down a few months ago.
Byrne expects the journey to Ocala to take about two weeks.