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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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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, KY.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.


  1. Okay that was very strange, the video started to play, for about 10 seconds and then stops and says this video is unavailable!

  2. Glad that no one was hurt and hope that the horse returned home without a lameness issue from running on the road! It played this time!

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


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