Offbeat Video

By Hayley Pugh

A man beat the traffic by riding his HORSE to the bank – with his four-legged friend bearing an uncanny resemblance to the bank’s famous logo.

Shoppers on the streets of Barnstaple were left gobsmacked when equestrian, Jonathan Marshall, casually trotted up the high street yesterday [November 6] on his striking black stallion, Amadeus.

Pic by Mark Fowler/Caters News

The 50-year-old from Gooseham, near Bude in Cornwall, turned heads as he tied Amadeus up outside a branch of Lloyds Bank – which fittingly carries the iconic black horse logo – and went inside to pay in a cheque.

Jonathan, who trains horses and birds of prey for TV and films, has had 10-year-old Amadeus since May when his owner was killed in an accident.

At almost 17 hands high, the majestic black Fresian stallion horse is easy to spot – even on a bustling high street.

And despite arriving untrained and suffering with chronic progressive lymphedema, resulting in swollen feet, has gone from strength to strength and is now the star of one of Jonathan’s much-loved shows.

Jonathan said: “There are horses and then there are horses and Amadeus is a real ‘wow’ horse.

Pic by Mark Fowler/Caters News

“He’s the loveliest, most gentle and kind horse and he’s so beautiful.

“I could see people looking and thinking “blimey, what’s going on here then?”

“Even the bank manager came out to see what all the fuss was about.

“He was used as a breeding stallion so he’s the perfect example of what his breed should be. He’s an absolute stunner.”

Jonathan, is originally from Southport, Merseyside, where Grand National winner Red Rum was brought up.

He said: “I remembered how Red Rum had been cured of a hoof problem by being trained in the sea and on the beach and so I did the same thing with Amadeus and it worked.

“He’s now such a happy horse and use to crowds so all the attention at the bank wasn’t a problem.

“It’s definitely one way to beat the traffic.”