Mr Lazy Bones is a ride-shirker

Updated: Oct 27, 2019, 10:03 IST | Agencies |

Melodramatic horse drops dead when someone tries to ride him, and he doesn't break character

Jingang attempting his 'play dead' routine. Pics/Fernando Salazar
Jingang attempting his 'play dead' routine. Pics/Fernando Salazar

A naughty horse has gained several fans online, thanks to his ingenious idea of avoiding being ridden—he drops to the ground and plays dead until the would-be rider walks away. Footage of his exploits has emerged online, showing the horse resisting every attempt by locals to ride him.

Jingang seen resisting a rider

The horse, named Jingang, is said to be from a local countryside, most likely in Korea. The first video of Jingang attempting his "play dead routine" dates back to 2015, when it was a uploaded on YouTube by a user named Kenneth G.

Jingang seen resisting a rider

In the top comment, a Korean-speaking viewer explains that the horse only starts playing dead after he gets tired of giving people rides, and even though he loves carrots and sugar cubes, he won't touch them while he's acting. He only breaks character when there's no one close to him or when his saddle has been removed.

Jingang seen resisting a rider
Jingang seen resisting a rider

His videos started getting attention again after a Facebook video uploaded recently by one Fernando Salazar got over 23 million views. Dozens have commented on the footage of the horse, whose name is also that of a rural town in China.

One said, "That horse is a genius, wish I could just do that every time someone I don't like comes
near me." Another said, "He's not lazy. He is smart. Why carry such a heavy load when you can get away with it." Someone else said, "Is it just me or is that horse smiling while playing dead?"

23mn
No. of views a recent video of the horse received

A tiny beetle named Greta

Greta Thunberg

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Pic/Entomologist's Monthly Magazine
Pic/Entomologist's Monthly Magazine

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Chain reaction

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Daddy speaks the language of love

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Representation picture
Representation picture

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Man saves nails to make ring for girlfriend

Man saves nails to make ring for girlfriend

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Far from child's play

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