Horse Catches A Ride In The Back Of A Pick-Up Truck

StoryfulNewsPublished: March 12, 2019Updated: March 13, 2019
Published: March 12, 2019Updated: March 13, 2019

Several motorists were shocked to see a horse standing up in the back of a pick-up truck and secured only by a rope as its owner drove 60mph down a Texas highway over the weekend.

Horses do not usually ride in the back of pickup trucks, but at least one has before. Police spotted a Texas man with his horse in the bed of his pickup truck while riding on the highway in Corrigan, Texas, on March 9. The video shows the horse standing close to the edge of the bed of the truck, which was also missing a tailgate.

The horse appeared to be secured only with a rope. Multiple people captured the bizarre sight over the weekend. A witness Ami Parbs took video of the incident and claims the vehicle was traveling at 70 miles per hour.
"Not the best situation but occasionally you gotta do what you gotta do," witness Ami Parbs said."The horse did not look spooked, he looked all right, surprisingly he looked like he was enjoying the breeze blowing in his mane," Parbs said. "The only thing I wish he had done differently is put the eye covers on." "I do not know the man that was driving the pick-up truck but that may have been his only way to carry a horse that he just picked up," Parbs said.

Shortly after the video was shot, police pulled over and ticketed him for having a taillight out. The driver explained the horse in the back by saying his horse trailer was broken and he needed to get the animal to work at the Stockyards. The man did not get a moving violation for it, because technically it is not illegal.

According to Corrigan police, the driver was spotted on Highway 59 with the horse in the pickup. There was no side racks or tailgate. The driver told police he usually takes the horse to his job in Livingston in a trailer, but that his trailer was broken. So he put the horse in the back of his pickup. Police say the driver told them that after four or five miles, he thought it might be a bad idea.

Police said The horse is well-trained and it is worth about $15,000. The driver was ticketed for a defective taillight, but the case was referred to the Polk County District Attorney’s Office for possible animal cruelty. It is up to the DA to determine if charges will be filed.Police said the horse is now safe and sheltered at the stockyards.

Credit: Ami Parbs via Storyful

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