Charity horse-entrancing ‘bagpipe whisperer’ video is a huge online hit
Fame: Veteran has horses fascinated by his Scotland the Brave
A north-east charity’s video has gone viral after a volunteer entranced a field of horses with bagpipes.
HorseBack UK – which uses horsemanship to inspire recovery for wounded, injured and sick members of the military community – posted the video of veteran and charity mentor Jocky Johnstone charming the steeds.
The unusual video of the rendition of Scotland the Brave has been viewed more than a million times.
Jock Hutchison, chief executive and co-founder of HorseBack UK, who served with 45 Commando in Arbroath, said: “We never know what’s going to catch on.
“For the last 10 years we’ve tried all sorts of things and it’s always the one you don’t expect to catch that seems to work.”
Using bagpipes to herd horses is a strange tactic but one that apparently works as the piper soon captivates the equine group.
The Aboyne-based charity was surprised by its new fame, as it frequently posts videos and photos to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
And it hopes this unexpected exposure will encourage more people to get involved with the group.
Jock, who spent a decade in the Commandos, said: “We have included many pictures and clips on these platforms but the pipes and the horses seem to have caught the imagination of the public and our hope is we can increase the following we have due to the video.”
HorseBack UK aims to give those who are injured a chance to regain control of their lives and interact with people again.
Jock added: “The reason for the horses is because horsemanship is pure leadership and in learning how to take ownership and become a team with a horse, you are beginning to reconnect with the positivity that is often stolen from people when they’ve been hurt badly.”
Horseback UK is working with an incentive called We Remember Them to mark the end of the First World War and the formation of the RAF 100 years ago. There are a variety of challenges and events to take part in and help raise money. For more information go to werememberthem.org.uk.