Video: Danny MacAskill vs a Horse

Jan 7, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Horses and bikes are generally best kept as far apart as possible but Danny MacAskill's newest video sees him go head-to-head with one at Lindores Farm in Fife, Scotland.

Danny first visited Lindores for his hay bale hill roll stunt in Wee Day Out but this time he was back to take on local eventer Louisa Milne Home riding the horse Future Plans as a thank you for letting him use their land. The pair 'race' down an eventing course that ends with a jump inspired by Danny's first trip to the farm.

by Fred Murray Red Bull Content Pool

Louisa Milne Home one of Britains top event riders and has been training at Lindores Farm for 30 years, she said, "Lindores is a fantastic place to train and I have been taking young horses to start their careers there since it opened. This was a very different training day to the normal international riders I compete with.”

Danny said, “Clips like this are just entertaining and fun to create, it was a bit off the cuff having never biked over horse jumps or really been around horses, but I love doing new stuff.”

OK, so there's not much more to this than some bunny hops in a field but it's always great to watch Danny messing around and, as he struggled all last year with a broken kneecap and started off this year with keyhole surgery, it could be a while before we see a full edit from the Scottish legend. For more in the time-honoured genre of 'mountain bikers racing things', check out these videos.


100 Comments

  • + 145
 First time I felt a bit let down by a macaskill video.
  • + 8
 Theres a first time for everything.
  • + 4
 @nug12182: Keep the faith!
  • + 22
 If it keeps Danny in sponsorship money so that he can continue to make proper videos I'm all for it.
  • + 27
 Forget trail dogs, I'm gonna get me a trail horse, it can run behind you down the trail and then haul you back up to the top, brilliant!
  • + 2
 No frontflip to finish through the hoop or not a single hand plant on the horse.
  • + 3
 @BigEvil: Better wear goggles on the second run.
  • + 3
 @IntoTheEverflow: Got you covered bud. Poo bag strapped to the horses ass.
  • + 1
 @BigEvil: We Got You Not Covered: our new enduro poo bags will strap straight to the horses ass

We could start a business....
  • + 1
 Stay tuned for next week's episode of Bikers vs Animals to see if Gee Atherton is faster than a pack of wild dogs, only on RedBull TV
  • + 91
 Round 2 is Danny running with a jockey on his back vs a horse riding a bicycle.
  • + 62
 Ive got a sudden unexplained hunger for a microwave lasagna?
  • + 8
 gotta love tesco finest
  • + 1
 I prefer horse stake - grilled...
  • + 37
 Not gonna lie, that's gotta be the weakest macaskill video ever. It was clear there was no competition, the horse was taking it easy and Danny was full tilt, the jumps were tiny for it and the editing didn't feel fluid like his other stuff.
  • + 19
 it's just a commercial, they probably couldn't offer enough cash for Danny to perform something more exciting, lol
  • + 3
 @fenrir: I know but the previous commercials he's done have been far better, they didn't exactly feel like a commercial, whereas parts of this didn't even seem like the same video, cutting from one shot to the other it somehow seemed to be from different sources and was just sloppily cut together. Not saying that's the case, and no disrespect intended towards Danny, the guys amazing, maybe I'm just too used to his amazing work bringing a massive smile to my face.
  • + 4
 It was a bit clickbait saying it was Danny MacAskill. It made me brew a fresh pot of tea, get all excited, started the video... nothing MacAskilly about it at all except maybe that Danny MacAskill was riding that bike.
  • + 4
 @inked-up-metalhead: its not made by cut media, dannys usual production company
  • + 1
 @JamesMcArthur: well that explains a lot...
  • + 1
 @fenrir: they should have loads of cash now they're not paying ratboy
  • + 4
 @enduroNZ: Ratboy works for a Scottish tourist authority?
  • + 1
 @BenPea: you mean a BRITISH tourist authority
  • + 2
 @inked-up-metalhead: yeah, I think this video just should have been not exposed on MTB sites. Bunny hops probably are still jaw-dropping to the target audience of the Lindores though Big Grin
  • + 23
 He might jump the shark on the next one
  • + 3
 this is one of the best comments I've seen in a while.
  • + 3
 @hIDesert: I was wondering how many people would get that one. At least 1 did Smile
  • + 1
 #hitemwiththehein
  • + 2
 Eyyyyyy
  • + 13
 I like how he caught the back wheel on that first bunny hop and they couldn't be faffed retaking it. That would be my best possible attempt.
  • + 12
 Worst porn title ever.
  • + 9
 Some people of a certain age will remember R.L. Osborn racing against a horse on That's Incredible! TV show from 1983.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn0H-po5HWY

b.
  • + 2
 I'd love to see the updated version with a bmx e-bike.
  • + 3
 that was actually more entertaining
  • + 1
 R.L. can rest easy tonight. Finally, sweet revenge!
  • + 8
 Lets see a MTB vs Horse race down Val de Sole..... That would be worth watching!
  • + 5
 I realize this is heresy, but for my money no MacAskill clip has come close to the 2009 video. Most since have seemed over-produced and too conceptual. The original was great because it felt like some dude just riding his bike and doing rad (really rad) tricks.

This one, well, always fun to see a great rider but I could use those couple minutes of my life back.
  • + 8
 Next week:

Danny MacAskill vs. a doped up badger.
  • + 4
 Doped up Honey Badger (Crystal Meth), thats a fight right there!
  • + 5
 I dont believe it, first time in years that I dont like a Danny s video. Clearly the horse is faster and no tricks.....a few bunny hops. Lame
  • + 4
 Interesting that they edited it so Danny "won." Future Plans was clearly pulling away from Danny in every shot of them together.
  • + 1
 yeah that was horse shit. Hilarious though, I enjoyed myself
  • + 3
 Wow, who knew horse riders and MTBers COULD get on when riding the same course...
  • + 2
 That was a v2 5010, which explains why it was slower than the horse and the LLC of tricks.

Everyone knows v3 5010 is faster and way more acrobatic, don’t blame Danny.
  • + 2
 Fun little clip and I hope he heals up from the injuries. Anyone else waiting (in vain) for the hay bale trick in the photo just below the video?
  • + 2
 Looks like Danny has a Reverb dropper on his 5010, but never brings the saddle up on the flats???
  • + 32
 He was hitting the lever like crazy, but the Reverb dropper was responding in typical fashion.
  • + 1
 Fun to watch once. Just me or was Danny using the “ladies tee” version every time there was an obstacle option? Still 100% better than I’ll ever hope to be.
  • + 2
 I think MacAskill is after freestyle horsing
  • + 2
 That horse was glued to the ground
  • + 1
 I guess sometimes you gotta pay the bills.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqLUbmpuVw4
  • + 2
 I bet this was more popular on pinkhorse.com
  • + 1
 2:08 seconds i will never get back too this horse play. Time to hang up the riding saddle on these types of videos Danny.
  • + 1
 who would win: 10 Danny MacAskill sized horses or one horse sized Danny MacAskill?
  • + 1
 Thank christ it was a short video, what was the highlight? I believe absolutely F A.
  • + 2
 I'm going to see a man about a horse now
  • + 1
 I love this men. He shows that he has big sens of humor and not only high skill...
  • - 1
 pretty obvious, that the "top event horse" rider was holding the horse back (also confirmed by my equestrian-photographer-wife), but still a cool vid to watch, as always from Danny
  • + 6
 The horse was doping
  • + 1
 @ViceGrips: ya but only a picogram mi big deal
  • + 5
 Thank goodness we have yxbix and his industry insider wife to confirm the absolutely bleeding obvious for us.
  • + 1
 You guys need too think up better ideas when Danny gets out done by a horse or was it a house?
  • + 1
 the horse had a string atached to his balls who was pulling them when he wants to go faster Hiiii hoooo poor horse
  • + 2
 Needed the Gee-man to give that horse a run for its money on the straight
  • + 0
 the horse had a string atached to his balls who was pulling them when he wants to go faster Hiiii hoooo poor horse
  • + 1
 Bet he was out of breath after a full run of that!
  • + 1
 No chance of it being a full run. One jump at a time with plenty of rests!
  • + 1
 Whatever gets him paid I guess..
  • + 1
 That hose has the right of way and Danny should have yielded.
  • + 1
 Least ill know what i'd want to be riding...
  • + 1
 I guess you can say Danny has one horse power
  • + 1
 Not quite as unreal as I was hoping.
  • + 1
 too bad he wasn't riding a Transition with the Giddy Up suspension design
  • + 2
 Wow what a title.....
  • + 1
 if they had taped the fake horn on it like they we're supposed to ...
  • + 1
 Was it a bunny hop or horse hop???
  • + 1
 Looking forward to seeing Fabio on a dam, on a horse.
  • + 2
 Wtf did I just watch
  • + 1
 Danny, what did you have for breakfast?
  • + 1
 Was hoping the horse would pull a 360 off a jump.
  • + 1
 That was a let down. Kind of a stupid video.
  • + 1
 This is some Top Gear level stuff here.
  • + 1
 Some very selective editing I reckon, but very cool none the less!
  • + 1
 Why do horses always have names that aren't names?
  • + 1
 Because of that one dude who named his horse after his mother-in-law . . . no-one used a real name ever again.
  • + 1
 My wife will love this video.
  • + 1
 That horse is beautiful.
  • + 1
 #Dannygotrobbed
  • + 0
 Is this a new thing?
  • + 11
 Yes, it’s a new series pitting Danny against animals. Next up, Danny vs a Panther.
  • + 1
 Na, Jesse Owens raced a horse and Woody Allen had a scrap with a kangaroo. Just two examples of career lowlights. Bills are bills though huh?
  • + 3
 @BenPea: Woody Allen went much lower than that.
  • + 2
 @metaam: not with an animal, but what do I know
  • - 1
 Horin' around!!! You sure this is the right content?
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