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A horse escapes his field to join a bike ride in progress.

By Leslie Potter | May 17, 2017

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Plenty of horses are scared of bikes. It’s understandable; they’re fast-moving but quiet, unlike anything seen around the farm or in nature. That’s one of the many reasons why this big gray horse crashing a group bike ride is so unexpected.

And we do mean "crashing.” He comes barreling out of the hedges alongside the road as the pack of cyclists is passing through, and then he immediately takes the lead. The cyclists wisely slow down, reducing the risk of a horse-bike encounter that wouldn’t end well for anyone, but that allows the dappled gray to take a confident lead in the race he’s just joined.

Horse Crashes Bike Race

The video was shot at the North West Three Day in Derry Cycling Race in Derry, Northern Ireland, by camera operator Jonny Collins of Ulster Image. The video has gained a lot of attention in the international media since he posted a clip of it to Facebook on May 12.

The full video shows the horse, looking a bit lost and confused, being corralled off the road further down the course, away from the cyclists.


Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com

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Rob    Evansville, IN

9/21/2017 3:58:57 AM

Poor guy, spooked pretty good by them. Hope he don't road founder!

CeCe    Somewhere, GA

5/29/2017 3:59:50 AM

Don't know who's more scared, the poor horse, probably or the riders! Hope he's okay!

Brenda    Somewhere, FL

5/26/2017 6:08:35 AM

Oh poor baby looks scared! I bet he saw them from his pasture and freaked out! Hope he returns home safe and sound!

Sandy    Somewhere, PA

5/24/2017 5:29:51 AM

Hey guys let me take the lead and show you the way to San Jose! Sure hope he/she didn't road founder!

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