The Museum of Hoaxes
hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive hoax archive
   
Hoaxes Throughout History
Middle AgesEarly Modern1700s1800-1840s1850-1890s
1900s1910s1920s1930s1940s1950s1960s1970s1980s1990s21st Century2014
Sewer Horse 2
I came across another picture of a horse in a sewer. I guess when it rains sewer horses, it pours. The previous sewer horse was pretty implausible. After all, you had a horse sticking its head out of a sewer, and no one was even looking at it.

This sewer horse is more believable. I could imagine a horse wandering around in an open field, which happens to back into an open hole. And at least the firemen are looking at this horse.

However, the shadows seem wrong. The angle of light hitting the firemen looks slightly different than the angle of light hitting the horse. And based on the length of the mens' shadows, shouldn't the horse's shadow be longer? But I'm not good enough at interpreting shadow angles to call this one a definite fake.
AnimalsPhotos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 01, 2008


I'm calling "fake" on this one, too. To my eye, the horse's "face line" looks too defined against the background. I realize that's hardly proof of anything, but it just doesn't look real to me.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Tue Jul 01, 2008  at  08:32 PM
Colors and shadows don't "look right," but they're close...

~Dan
Posted by Dan  in  Eugene, OR  on  Tue Jul 01, 2008  at  09:37 PM
I might be wrong but, what I see is:
- There's no struggling signs on the ground or on the horse, as if the horse has been totally standing still.
- The firemen seems to be looking in front of the horse, or rather at the "blood stained" blanket(?).
- The head shadow is too short and "fuzzy".
- The thickness or the sewer "pipe" is quite thin.

Just my observations.
Posted by Pierre  in  Canada  on  Tue Jul 01, 2008  at  10:57 PM
I'm gonna call Real on this one: Messing around with the photo in photoshop, you can't find many (well, ANY) discrepencies... And to be honest, I disagree with Pierres points - I think the shadow the head casts is spot on where it should be - The fuzziness comes from the hair on the top of the horses head...
Posted by Puck  on  Wed Jul 02, 2008  at  12:10 AM
1. The angles look pretty close. Draw a line from the left firefighters hand to its shadow on the ground. Do the same with the horse's nose or better yet ear and they are pretty close.
2. I think the blanket is just a really sun faded red rescue blanket.
3. The kick marks appear about 9-12 inches to the foreground of the forehoof, and continue in a semi circle past the rescuers foot.
Pretty real from my view
Posted by Alan  in  CT  on  Wed Jul 02, 2008  at  08:03 AM
Nah....I have been working with photoshop for too long.it is good though....
Posted by patrick lavin  in  Brasil  on  Wed Jul 02, 2008  at  12:13 PM
Here's a bit more of the picture if it helps...



I'm just wondering why the horse's shadow is so much lighter than the firemen's?
Posted by StarLizard  in  Quebec, Canada  on  Wed Jul 02, 2008  at  04:00 PM
The horse looks like it is doing a bow ...and has been turned 90 degrees. I can't really explain a horse bow...maybe someone who is into horses can explain it better. (Maybe more like a horse curtsy??) I say fake.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Jul 02, 2008  at  07:28 PM
Maybe a picture would make more sense.

It's not exact...but similar.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Jul 02, 2008  at  07:32 PM
The light on the horse looks wrong - too soft compared to the rest of the lighting. I say fake, but I do love the recent rash of sewer horses. Modern day kelpies, perhaps?
Posted by Sarah  in  Portland, OR  on  Thu Jul 03, 2008  at  08:12 PM
How about Well Donkey - this is definitely real

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/northamptonshire/7489290.stm
Posted by Andy  in  Leicester  on  Fri Jul 04, 2008  at  10:42 AM
A good one but fake IMO.
The ear should be present in the shaddow!
And, yes, what are they looking at?
Posted by avrogado  on  Sun Jul 06, 2008  at  06:13 AM
I'm no horse keeper but how the heck did the rear end of the horse got into this (tiny) hole in the first place?? The legs should have caught up on the rim or something, or it should have ended up sitting on the rim, no? And should't the 'sweer' had some kind of concrete rim around it? It looks strangly thin, popping up there, in the middle of a dirt field.
Posted by Carl  in  Ont, Canada  on  Mon Jul 07, 2008  at  08:17 AM
Isn't it obvious?
The horses are climbing out of the sewers to get away from the alligators.
Posted by Big Gary  in  Boca Chica, Texas  on  Thu Jul 10, 2008  at  11:23 AM
The lighting on the rescuers is coming exactly from the right. On the horse it seems to be from above. Definitely fake, but a good attempt.
Posted by Calvin  in  Pasadena, California  on  Sun Jul 13, 2008  at  05:09 PM
Can' t you see?!?!? It's the beginning of the end! We are dooooooomeeeeeeeed
Posted by Resistance  in  Resistance Den  on  Sat Jul 19, 2008  at  05:21 PM
I'm not going to say it's real or fake, (but I do think real). But the main reason I'm commenting is the fact of the shadows all of you are talking about. A.) the horse does have a shadow, you can barely see it behind him. The camera angle has the horse blocking it. B.) if you look a the shadows of the men and line them up right, you'll see the shadow of each person is behind them. The sun light is coming from the their left (our right). So you would not see a shadow infront of the horse, it would be behind it where's it's getting block from view.
Posted by Trysta  on  Wed Aug 06, 2008  at  10:34 AM
the sewer horse is just a joke.He's now entered politics
http://enlightme.org/2008/08/when-you-least-expect-him/
Posted by Nakul  in  Mangalore,India  on  Thu Sep 11, 2008  at  03:16 PM
I dont even need to look at shadows to tell you without a doubt that this is a fake. There would be blood everywhere and the horse would be in a blind panic. This horse is nice and calm. I work with horses everyday and if some how a horse reversed itself in a sewer hole there would be no way he would wait, hanging nice and still until 4 firemen to arrive and scratch their heads at the situation. Probably would need to be put down as well with a broken wither. Tis a fake.
Posted by Lauren  in  NZ  on  Tue Nov 18, 2008  at  04:45 AM
http://cellar.org/showthread.php?t=2288
this is not a hoax or photoshopped here is a link to the horse being resuced
Posted by julie  in  australia  on  Sun Jun 06, 2010  at  12:16 AM
Thank you, Julie for posting the real story. Looks like Alex needs to update his "fake" verdict.
Posted by murfnik  in  Texas  on  Wed Apr 04, 2012  at  10:13 AM
Commenting is no longer available in this channel entry.
All text Copyright © 2014 by Alex Boese, except where otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.