Patrick Schumacher, the man Boulder police arrested in September after witnesses say he wandered into traffic while riding his horse -- and who is accused of repeatedly striking the animal near Broadway and Baseline Road -- checked in via phone Wednesday for a pre-trial conference.

Schumacher, 45, of Colorado Springs, was riding his horse Dillon through Boulder on Sept. 9 on his way to Utah for his brother's wedding when he was stopped by police.

He is facing misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, cruelty to animals with neglect or mistreatment, and a prohibited use of a weapon charge for allegedly being drunk while in possession of a gun, according to the Boulder County District Attorney's Office. He is also facing a traffic infraction related to being an animal rider traveling on a highway.

Schumacher is next scheduled to appear for a case management conference at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. If a plea deal is not arranged by that time, a trial date will be set at that hearing, according to the DA's Office.

After spending a night in jail following his arrest, Schumacher eventually made it to Utah, he said. Although a test demonstrated his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal driving limit following his arrest, the only alcohol-related charge Schumacher is facing is the prohibited use of a weapon.