Horse rides in bed of pickup truck in Texas

HOUSTON (KRON/CNN NEWSOURCE) - You may be used to seeing horses at the rodeo but not on the road.

A Texas woman caught an unbelievable shot on camera - A horse riding in the bed of a truck that was driving apparently at high speed.

A witness claimed the driver was going 70-mph on Highway 59.

The video was captured by the mother and daughter traveling from Lufkin to Houston for a gymnastics meet.

Ami Parbs and her family own about 80-acres near Lufkin and have mini horses of their own.

"The horse did not look spooked, he looked healthy, actually he looked like he was enjoying the wind blowing in his mane,” Parbs said. “The only thing I wish he'd done differently is put the eye covers on."

Another driver took a photo near Corrigan. Police say the man wasn’t doing anything illegal in the transportation of the horse that has surprised so many.

About 60-miles away at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, some exhibitors and their families have an issue with it.

"I wouldn't do that with a dog. Put it in the back of a truck on a highway with a bed down like that. Not a horse," Waverly Bailey, a parent of a rodeo rider, said.

"It's unsafe,” horse owner Donna Skura said. “It's unsafe because you don't know what the horse is going to do. That's the thing. He's so big over the sides."

Police say the driver was on his way to work at the Stockyards and he claimed his truck that can pull a trailer wouldn’t start, so this was the alternative.

Some were more understanding.

"I don't know the gentleman that was driving the truck but that may have been his only way to transport a horse that he just picked up," Parbs said.

Police say the horse arrived safely at the stockyards.


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