Offbeat Video

By Christina Wood

This is the shocking moment a man flew into a bookies – riding a Shetland pony

Dara Heffernan, 17, caught the moment at BoyleSports in Moyross, near Limerick, Ireland, on Friday when the owner apparently let in the unknown rider.

Stunned punters were all distracted from the horse races and laughed at the ‘mad’ occurrence which the student admits is the strangest thing he has ever come across in the bookmaker.

Dara, from Limerick, said: “It was funny. It was shocking. It isn’t something you see every day. Everyone has been shocked by it.

“I go every day and I have never seen anything like this. It is the strangest thing I have ever seen in my life. Everyone couldn’t believe their eyes.

“I took the video as soon as he came in. He left after the video was taken. I haven’t got a clue who he was or why he was on the horse.”

After posting the clip on Facebook, the video got 59K views but had a variety of mixed reactions from social media users claiming it is animal cruelty while others found it funny.

Amy Phylo Murphy said: “The poor little horse, imagine how scared he was, some people dont deserve animals at all.”

Dean Mack said: “hahahah lousy but funny.”

Ciaran Murray said: “Seen it hahaha he’s mad.”

Jane Ainley said: “Not big, not clever just shows you up to be ignorant and callous.”

Dara said: “The bookies opened the door for him and he flew in on the horse. Everyone was just laughing about it some people think that it’s animal cruelty. I thought it was funny at the time.

“After he left the owner didn’t say anything. It was so random. The place is mad.”

BoyleSports have been contacted for comment.