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Goat on a Horse – To All the Neigh-Sayers

By Amy Fisher

Two years ago, while driving to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve to film a Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism TV commercial titled “Half Hour”, our crew spotted something, well, out of the ordinary.

Standing in a grassy meadow amid the green and brown tones of blowing field grass, against an ocean backdrop almost too perfect to not be placed, stood a beautiful white Arabian steed. A majestic sight on its own, had that been it, but leaping around on the horse’s back was a little black pygmy goat (who we later found out were named Sunshine and Young Nanny, respectively). The flowing white mane in the fresh salt air paired with the clumsy steps of the normally strong-footed goat captured the hearts and the curiosities of the film crew, and now, as it seems, the rest of the world.

Indeed, the video that caught the two unlikely friends frolicking about has generated a lot of questions: “Real or Fake?” the Daily Mail UK asked. “Did they stage this video?” wrote Canada.com. And, perhaps most importantly, “how did the goat get up there?” (it’s actually quite a simple process).

While it seems unlikely that such a friendship could form, or that a film crew could stumble upon such an act by happenstance, to the farm owner, Angie Power, and to Sunshine and Young Nanny, of course, it was a completely natural occurrence. To put it simply, Newfoundland and Labrador is the kind of place where you come to expect the unexpected: even when you come across a goat riding a horse.

Now, we’re not the kind of people to pass up a good conversation. But even with all the answers, you might just find yourself with an insatiable feeling and a kind of curiosity that can only be satisfied by visiting this place.

After all, what else would you expect from a place with its very own time zone?

Update (05/23/2012): Congratualtions to Young Nanny on becoming a Mommy! Triplets!