Mind-bending video gives illusion of horses walking on WATER – can you work out what’s really happening?

TWO wild horses seem to walk on water in this amazing video.

They were filmed pounding their hooves on the surface as they appeared to glide downriver on an invisible raft.


The horses were filmed sliding down the riverCredit: Kennedy News/Kelli RogersKelli Rogers shot them in the Salt River in Arizona


Kelli Rogers photographed them in the Salt River in ArizonaCredit: Kennedy News/Kelli RogersTikTok viewers were confused: can you figure out what's going on?


TikTok viewers were confused: can you figure out what’s going on? Credit: Kennedy News/Kelli Rogers

The shot appears to defy nature, but that is an illusion given the perspective.

Kelli Rogers, 58, filmed him on her phone paddling the Salt River in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest last month.

Her excited granddaughter can be heard yelling “It’s the horses” as she sees two members of the 400-strong herd in the water.

Kelli is then heard telling the young horses, “Hey folks! Aren’t you scared? Where’s Mommy?”

The encounter delighted her, but it was only when she later watched the video that she noticed the strange levitation effect.

The illusion occurs because the horses were standing in a shallow part of the river while the family was passing through a deeper channel.

The trees in the background are further away from the horses, so they appear to be moving at a different speed.

And our eyes are tricked into believing the camera is stationary, rather than moving in the current with Kelly’s paddle board.

Then it appears as if the horses are floating in the opposite direction, when in fact they are standing or walking slowly.

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Kelli said: “It was crazy. It wasn’t until I got home and saw the video that I was like ‘oh, they look like they’re floating.’

“For those few seconds, it created the illusion that they are the ones floating or paddling the board, not us.

“I was at the river with my daughter and her little family. My granddaughter was with me on a paddle board.

“In this part of the river there is a herd of about 400 wild horses that roam freely.

“You often see horses in the water running through the river, it’s just beautiful when you get a chance to see it.

“It was one of those moments where they stood completely still in a few inches of water.

“They didn’t move when we passed by. They just don’t stay put that often.”

The video has been viewed more than 8.3 million times on TikTok and has attracted more than 1.1 million comments and likes.

One onlooker said, “Why did I think these horses were on a raft floating so majestically down the river?”

Another said: “It took me six observations to figure out that you’re floating down the river and they’re not moving.”

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Another TikToker said: “I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me…until I realized you were the one going down the river…

“What a session… just beautiful.”

Kelli said: “The comments are so funny.

“Many people mentioned the movie Titanic and said that Jack and Rose should have stood at the gate if the horses could have stood on what they appeared to be standing on.

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“I have tons of videos of horses in the river and they are usually just in the water, drinking water, eating brush or playing.

“It’s really great that people enjoy horses.”

It comes after a famous illusion that tests whether viewers see a horse walking backwards or forwards.

As you can see, it is said to determine whether you are left or right brained.

Meanwhile, another mind-blowing puzzle challenges you to find seven camouflaged horses in a snowy mountain scene.

Kelli Rogers noticed the 'floating' horses while rowing with her grandchildren


Kelli Rogers noticed ‘floating’ horses while rowing with her grandchildren Credit: Kennedy News/Kelli Rogers

Categories: Optical Illusion
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