The surge in fuel prices in the last two years has hit people across the country. Now, to deal with it, a Maharashtra man went kind of backwards in time — choosing a horse as his mode of transport.
After the lockdown was clamped amid the coronavirus pandemic, and public transport was stopped, Shaikh Yusuf from Aurangabad got himself a horse called Jigar. A video shared by OR showed him riding the horse on busy streets alongside cars and motorcycles.
“I bought it during the lockdown. My bike wasn’t functioning, petrol prices had gone up, ”the man told news agency OR about the horse he purchased for Rs 40,000.
#WATCH Maharashtra | Aurangabad’s Shaikh Yusuf commutes to work on his horse ‘Jigar’. ”I bought it during lockdown. My bike wasn’t functioning, petrol prices had gone up & public transport wasn’t plying. which is when I bought this horse for Rs 40,000 to commute, ”he said (14.3) pic.twitter.com/ae3xvK57qf
– ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2022
Yusuf, who works as a lab assistant at a local college, said the mode of transport works even after the lockdown was lifted and the steep rise in petrol prices. “It keeps one fit and healthy. Also, given the rise in fuel prices, horse as a mode of transport is a feasible option, ”Yusuf added.
I work as a lab assistant at a college, and even today, I use my horse to commute. It keeps one fit and healthy. Also, given the rise in fuel prices, horse as a mode of transport is a feasible option: Shaikh Yusuf (14.03) pic.twitter.com/ijTKYEN432
– ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2022
As the video started doing rounds on social media it garnered a lot of attention online, leaving many confused. While some joked that it gives the feeling of time travel, others wondered if maintaining the animal was as cost-effective as Yusuf claimed.
Some also argued that it was not right to use a horse as a mode of transport and dubbed it as “animal cruelty” and others wondered why he didn’t choose a bicycle.
The cost of maintenance for normal horse approximately Rs 12000 per month including stable, medicine and other foods 😉
– Sivan -Aadhi Yogi (@sivan_yogi) March 15, 2022
High petrol prices. He can mantain half a dozen bikes with the money he will spend on feeding that horse! Other reasons are valid.
– Venky 🇮🇳 (@venkybengaluru) March 15, 2022
What is total experiences in keeping horse like in stable, food, oil treatment, medical treatment and other expenses and how many kms he can go considering today transport condition and please explain total expenses / km.
– Sunil Kumar- (@ sunil992004) March 15, 2022
for their public stunt the horses are to be suffered.
horses cant run on concrete or road like terrain. it hurts their foot and knees. stop this insanity and ban horse chariots use of asphalt roads and concretes.
– chiru (@ chiru00148145) March 15, 2022
I hope he doesn’t cut down on the animals food and well being as that for sure will be much higher than his fuel expense
– _Memyself_ (@keepinitomyself) March 15, 2022
Best mode of commute. Horse’s maintenance per month would be around 100 rs for food while petrol one liter costs the same amount.
– Cynicalcount (@ cynicalcount007) March 15, 2022
🤦🏻♂️ kya logic hai 😂. pic.twitter.com/7Z1VKxlbbH
– SharmaJI 🚩 13.o (@ Rudra4192) March 15, 2022
Puncture bhi nahi hota.
– Vinashaya cha dushkritam (@rony_viraj) March 15, 2022
Bicycle would’ve been good too
– Zanius Romulus (@Levathianwarp) March 15, 2022
Nothing wrong in this.
Atleast horse can get food against his service.
Pollution free as well.
– Pesticides free Crop. 🔆 🌏 🔆 (@xhjigo) March 15, 2022
Let’s go to stone age …
– P. Singh (@ prakash97426317) March 15, 2022
The future is past
– Mohib Shah (@ MohibShah47) March 15, 2022
Time to buy a horse
Hello 1800 https://t.co/vtm8WwO7JH
– Amogh Bhaskar (@ AmoghB5) March 15, 2022
Ghode ko khana nahi khilayega? What’s the average cost to Feed and maintain a Horse for a month besides to providing a stable? https://t.co/44bmyWADv7
– Sunil Panigrahi (@iamssunill) March 15, 2022
A cruelty petition is coming. In the tonga / Victoria cases it was generally established that metalled roads cause severe and accelerated damage to equine joints. https://t.co/KPddl30eih
– Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) March 15, 2022
Old times are coming back😍
List banani padegi kya kya kharidana hai ghoda-gadi, talwar, shield, dhanush, ghoda-gadi chlane wala ek driver etc .. https://t.co/FtVVU3JtPA
– LAKHA 𓃵 (@ Lakha_013) March 15, 2022
Kifayti aur bharose mand
And emissions are carbon neutral. https://t.co/5ASgtraQM7
– Mukul D (@HerrDrunkie) March 15, 2022