Horses are amazing animals: strong yet sensitive and much smarter than they’re often given credit for. And without all the hard work they’ve done for us humans over the last 5,000 years or so, it’s impossible to imagine civilization making much progress. But are these graceful, poised creatures good for anything aside from work? You bet! With a little practice, a horse can be an excellent line dancer.
In fact, even a massive horse like a Clydesdale can become a dancer. Clydesdales were bred to do heavy-duty farm work and pull wagons laden with huge loads of coal. These giants weigh as much as a ton and have large hooves that are typically decorated by tufts of long hair (known as “feathering”). Clydesdales are at least as brainy as other horses, so they can learn dance routines and nimble enough to execute them. The breed is said to have especially good hearing and that could explain its aptitude for dancing to music!
In the video posted below, you’ll see a Clydesdale doing a first-rate line dancing routine. The music is “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus. This 1992 song is his biggest hit and also a notable example of crossover from country to rock. Critics have always been sharply divided about the song, some loving it, some not. In several episodes of “Hannah Montana,” Billy Ray’s daughter Miley gently poked fun at her dad’s hit song. When the music video came out, “Achy Breaky Heart” ignited a line dancing craze.
For the dance, the Clydesdale is joined by a line of human friends and they all strut through the steps in time with the music. The crowd loves it and the horse graciously accepts both the applause and a nice pat on the back from his rider.
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