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Men ride horses through Houston Walmart in viral video

By Ben Hooper
A man rides a horse through a Houston Walmart store. Screenshot: KTRK-TV
A man rides a horse through a Houston Walmart store. Screenshot: KTRK-TV

March 21 (UPI) -- Walmart responded to a viral video of two men riding horses through a Houston store, calling the incident a "reckless stunt."

Woody Fields posted a video to Facebook recorded from atop his horse as he rode through the Walmart on Bissonnet in Houston Sunday evening.

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The ride elicits many amazed looks from customers, especially young ones enamored of the horse. Security personnel are seen in the video, but take no action to stop the man or his horse.

Fields, who was joined inside the store by another man on a horse, told KTRK-TV he and the other man were going "parking lot pimping" when they decided on a whim to go inside the store.

Fields said the other man also had his horse inside the store for a time and one of the equines relieved itself inside the store.

"I was just trying to make people smile and laugh," Fields told KPRC-TV.

"I wasn't trying to hurt nobody, or do anything destructive. It was just, like, you only live once, you know? That's all," Fields said.

Walmart released a statement critical of Fields' actions.

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"We in no way condone yesterday's reckless stunt inside our store and are thankful no one was hurt by these actions," the company said in a statement.

The Houston Humane Society also released a statement about the incident.

"At minimum, riding a horse inside a store is incredibly irresponsible. This would be extremely stressful on any horse. Horses can easily become spooked, endangering not only themselves, but also any shoppers they might encounter," the Humane Society said. "The Houston Humane Society urges all pet owners to think and act responsibly when it comes to the lives of animals in their care."

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