2023 Readers’ Choice Awards: ‘Oh Crap’ Moment of the Year

Monday is already the crappiest day of the week and almost every week we make it official by bringing you an “Oh Crap” moment. Now it’s time for you to choose which of these is the top “Oh Crap” of 2023.

Okay, okay. So today is Tuesday, but it’s sort of like a Monday. At least that’s how it feels in my  household!

At the end of each December, we at Horse Nation like to look back on the year that was and highlight the articles, essays and videos that most inspired readers, triggered important conversations or had everyone rolling on the floor with laughter — and then let readers decide which one is deserving of the title of the Best of the Year.

This is bound to be a fun one — because, of course, no one got hurt and everyone’s laughing, generally speaking. What’s the ultimate Oh Crap Moment of the Year?

The nominees are…

How’d She Stay On?

Originally published on April 10, 2023

“We’re always impressed by the athleticism of some horses. We’re even more impressed by the athleticism of some riders. This cowgirl is one of those riders. She rode out this oh crap moment moment like a champ.”

@jennifer_neudorfAt least shes a metallic cat mare😂 we got that going for us♬ original sound – JohnKolar’sTikTok

At least the photographer didn’t miss an opportunity for a great shot.

@jennifer_neudorf Replying to @Tanna Osmin ♬ original sound – Whiskey Riff

Green Hunt Horse

Originally published on May 1, 2023

Admittedly, this is probably one of my favorite videos to watch. The commentary is just **chef’s kiss.**

“When I saw this video, all I could think was ‘oh crap’… as I laughed along with this incredibly patient and go-with-the flow rider. The notion of bringing along a green hunt horse is more than my wimpy 40-something brain can handle. But this is one heck of a video and definitely should make all of us appreciate those who can season a hunt horse. Laugh along with this rider and be sure to have the volume up… unless you’re at work. In which case, maybe wait until after work. There’s a fair amount of swearing.”

@blueyedbigdaddy Runaway Horse! 😂😂😂 #horses ♬ original sound – Hidden user

Hard Stop

Originally published on May 8, 2023

The horse in this video has no qualms about putting on the brakes — much to the dismay of the rider. At least everyone came out just fine.


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What Is Going On Here?

Originally published on May 22, 2023

“We aren’t really sure what this horse’s plan was, but we’re quite certain it WASN’T this. In fact, how did they even end up like this? That’s what we’d really like to know.

No matter what led to this predicament, there’s not doubt it’s a solid ‘oh crap’ moment — for the horse and the owner.”

Horseless Jumper

Originally publishes on July 24, 2023

“You know it’s an ‘oh crap’ moment when the horse makes you jump without him. Frankly, we’re pretty freaking impressed with this rider’s scope. If there’s a prospect for hobby horse jumping, we think this rider is it.”


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Which of these is your favorite? Vote and let us know!