We don’t know what tickles us so much about an exasperated Texan woman repeatedly shouting ‘Get up Pinto’ at a horse pretending to be dead in a field, but apparently we’re not alone, because this clip has been watched by over 30 million people. Probably more than once. The white horse called Pinto is owned by a couple who live in Kerens, Texas, and he just likes to play dead – also known as lying prone in a sunny field for large stretches of time. Also known as living the good life. Oh, and Pinto also likes to ‘moo like a cow’.
The problem for Pinto and his guardians who go by the name Mark ‘n’ Kelley and bought the horse for their grandchildren, is that visitors to their farm keep reporting Pinto as dead. An electrical contractor recently called out to the property phoned them freaking out about a dead pony lying in their field. He believed rigor mortis had set in because the pony’s leg was sticking straight up in the air. The owners had to explain that it was just Pinto and he’s very much alive.
If you throw things at him, he’ll eventually get up. After the video of them trying to get Pinto to stand up – ‘You’re embarrassing me for the neighbors … quit playing dead’ – went viral, the couple posted another clip and several memes to a dedicated
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