During a pre-Christmas photo shoot last year, Express Clydesdales hit the beach for a breathtaking setting befitting their gorgeous black-and-white Clydesdale horses. One of the horses got a little excited in the crashing waves, and it appears he may have briefly forgotten about his human handler. When a 2,000-pound horse decides he’s going to take off into the ocean and you’re on the other end of the lead rope, you’re going to take a swim. There’s just no way around it.
Fortunately, this handler held on and managed to keep his equine charge from swimming off to the islands while also managing not to inhale a lung or two full of saltwater. Note the, “Hey, bud. You okay?” look the horse gives his human friend around the 1:25 mark in the video.
Props to the crew involved in this day at the beach for doing what it takes to get the shot. We’re glad everyone made it through relatively unharmed.
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Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com
Honestly, I would have had that chain up over his nose for safety’s sake!
That poor guy is very lucky he didn’t get dragged out to sea or stomped on!
WHOA, that could have had a bad ending! Hope he didn’t get stepped on, sure looked like a kick or two!
Beautiful powerful horses, but that poor guy.
WOW, And why is he leading from the wrong side of the horse? That could have been some of the problem, and yes chain over his nose for better control!
My my a clysdale at the beach in the saltwater ocean running all over the place.
Sure glad that big boy didn’t get lose! Thank could have been very bad!
WHOA, hope he’s okay and the water was warm! Pre-Christmas photo shoot could be chilly waters!
wow glad everyone was ok
WOW, could have had a bad ending! Glad that both were okay and the horse didn’t get away!
Whoa, glad he was a real horseman handling that big boy and not an actor, could have been really ugly if he got loose out there!
WHOA big guy, don’t dray the handler out to sea!
WOW that could have been a disaster for sure if that horse got lose out there in the Ocean!