December 11, 2023

A viral video has left viewers in stitches after a horse ditched his rider, forcing her to do the “walk of shame” back to the barn.

The October 25 TikTok video captured via drone (seen here), which brought in over 3 million views and 113,800 likes, shows the moment the horse, Elmer, decided to leave his rider behind. Instead of going toward the edge of the cornfield as planned, he suddenly changed direction and took off running.

But before trotting off back to the barn, the horse paused to drop off the rider in the patch of tall grass and bucked all the way home.

Someone thought it could have been the drone that spooked the horse, but the poster responded by saying, “As the pilot of the drone, I will now confirm it was a bird coming out of the cornfield.”

If you look closely, you can see the bird pop out.

“I love how he put you down in the soft grass before the full tantrum,” one TikTok user commented on the video.

It seemed like the horse was trying to at least be polite and not completely knock the rider off, but the creator said not to be fooled. The tall grass is not as soft as it seems.

Newsweek reached out to the original poster for comment via TikTok.

Why Do Horses Buck?

The horse in this video started bucking after a bird came out of the cornfield and frightened the horse. This can be a typical behavior for horses as they get easily spooked from loud or sudden movements, according to Horse Care Advisor.

Bucking is commonly found in wild horses as a way to defend themselves from predators, express their displeasure with another horse, or even to show dominance in the herd.

Horse bucking
A stock image of a brown and white horse bucking. A video showing a horse rider doing the “walk of shame” back to the barn went viral on TikTok.
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But when it comes to domesticated horses, it is not as common because they have been bred to be more compliant and willing to work with humans. However, considering that it is a natural instinct, domesticated horses can still buck.

The reasons behind bucking in domesticated horses include pressure, pain or discomfort, fear, frustration, or lack of training. A rider might pick up on different signs, such as a change in attitude and tense muscles, that indicate a horse might begin to buck soon. The most important thing to remember if riding a horse that starts to buck is to stay calm.

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