8 Reasons Why Horses Won the Internet This Year

From Colbert to baby Clydesdales, horses have gone viral over the past 12 months. Let’s take a look back at the madness.

Stephen Colbert

Colbert’s hilarious take on the 2012 “Sport of the Summer,” dressage, had us all in stitches.


Moonwalking ponies

We still aren’t even sure what this commercial, which garnered 7 million YouTube views, is for–but we love it.


Ponies in cardigans

Talk about a successful ad campaign–these photos taken by Tourist Board of Scotland got passed ALL over the Internet.


Budweiser commercial

This heartwarming Super Bowl commercial got nearly 12 million YouTube views.


Horse masks

Truly, it has been the Year of the Horse Mask–people just kept showing up in them, even in the most unlikely places.


Gangnam Style

The original “invisible horse riding dance” has been seen on YouTube 1,635,660,834 times and spawned tens of thousands of spinoff memes.


Horses and bayonets

After a heated exchange about the U.S. Navy’s downsizing plans during a presidential debate in October, Twitter became inundated with photoshopped images and the hashtag #horsesandbayonets, which swiftly took over the top trending topics in the United States and worldwide.



The latest horse-themed internet sensation emerged just last week, by way of a fitness video that has already had over 5 million YouTube views.


Go Riding.


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