These feral ponies had enough of curious hikers.
Brad “Shepherd” McCartney and his friend Shogun were hiking the Appalachian Trail when they encountered a band of feral ponies.
For many hikers it’s one of the highlights of the trail experience, but for Shogun it became quite painful when one pony decided he’d had enough and delivered a quick kick to Shogun’s nether-regions.
Kicked in the balls by a wild pony. Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the Grayson Highlands around mile 500. With my hiking buddy Shogun AKA 'NoBalls' @onewiththetrail #AppalachianTrail #AT2017 #atclassof2017 #georgiatomaine #norainnopainnomaine #walknorth #hiking #backpacking #thruhike #thruhiker #hikertrash #bikehikesafari #noballs #thathurt #wowthatissoamazing #graysonhighlands
The ponies are a common sight in Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, and while it’s incredibly tempting for hikers to pet them, it’s not a great idea. Shogun found this out the hard way with a little help from a brown and white pinto pony.
McCartney, who captured the scene, said in an interview with The Trek:
“Luckily, he was able to continue with his hike, however, some hikers are starting to call him ‘No Balls.'”
His face in the video makes it clear that the kick was painful, so Shogun was lucky that he was able to walk away from the incident without a more serious injury.
He learned an important lesson, too: It turns out that feral ponies are just as ornery as tame ones!
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All images via The Trek.
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