Jeremy Gaston/Herald-Chronicle
A crew from Inside Edition visited the farm of Gerald and Carol Miller east of Lyndon in Osage County. The crew interviewed Gerald and his miniature horse, Rascal, with members of the Potter family. The segment was scheduled to air this week.

Jeremy Gaston
| Editor

A horse is a horse, except for when it’s riding down the highway in the back of a Toyota Camry around 70, a video of which has just begun to make its way around the Web. It’s already cleared 650,000 combined views (5 p.m. Nov. 17) between postings on sites like YouTube, Break.com and LiveLeak.com.

The video may be seeing even more exposure after being picked up by various networks, all trying to get a piece of the viral-video action that’s swept the Internet in recent years.

“I have done at least four telephone interviews with television and radio stations, and given releases to Japan, United Kingdom, Germany, CNN, ABC, Inside Edition…,” said videographer Rick Potter, Osage City. “It’s going to be used on the Fox late night show, ‘Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld.’”

The 26-second clip features the Potter family – Rick, his wife Mandi, and children Jade, 8, and Riley, 6, and a friend – passing a small brown four-door on U.S. Highway 75 near the Carbondale exit on Nov. 6.

After rolling up on the car for the first time, Rick slowed down to point out the self-described phenomenon to the passengers in his car. Mandi Potter shouts, “Smile, horsey,” as the miniature horse turns his head to look at the car.

“There’s a horse in the car,” they all shout in unison just before the video ends.



The video’s existence may not be the most newsworthy event in Osage County last week, but its apparent newsworthiness may in fact be a different story.

“There’s a horse in that car!” as it’s titled on YouTube, was first shown on CNN last Friday, and has since been rehashed by more than a dozen stations, nationally, internationally and locally. It was part of a minute-long segment on Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC, and received a write up in The Pitch, Kansas City’s alternative newspaper, which described it as the new “Double Rainbow (All the Way),” a viral video with almost 20 million views, where the reaction of the viewer far outweighs what’s actually being shot.

“There is nothing I can say that is not expressed in the child-like joy in the Potters’ voices as they wonder at a horse pushing its nose out the back window,” wrote Peter Rugg in his column, Random Life. “We should all live like this.”

It was an unexpected bright spot along the Potter family trip to Walmart that Saturday, one they filmed and uploaded to the Web.

“That just made this dreary Friday completely awesome!” said one comment following the clip. There’s plenty more to read on YouTube, pointing out the obvious.

The horse, of course, is a miniature one (since horses are considerably bigger than early 90s Toyota Camry), and in fact, a multiple-trick pony owned by Gerald Miller, rural Lyndon. Rascal is said to know more than 40 tricks (including one where he gets in a car and rides around), and is a regular performer at the annual Vassar FunFest.

Miller made a visit to Rick’s Barber Shop, in Osage City, on Friday and Monday. He saw the clip on the news and decided to track down the man who shot it.

“I had no idea they even took the video,” Miller said. “My wife and son saw the thing on 27 News.”

Miller and Rascal were on their way to Topeka on Nov. 6 when the video was shot.

“We we’re doing therapy work a Kansas Neurological Institute,” Miller said. “We’ve done little shows up there for kids. They wanted me to go up and visit patients.”

Miller took his most efficient vehicle for the job that day – his Toyota Camry, which features a removed back seat for extra room and a safety bar to hold Rascal in place should the car stop suddenly.

He’s okay with the fact that the modifications may be a little “redneck,” and with anyone on the Internet who may point that out.
“I took it as a compliment,” Miller said.

Rascal’s perfectly fine with the accommodations as well.
“He’s got plenty of room,” Miller said. “I open the door and tell him to load up. He loves going and doing shows.”

Both Miller and Potter have been soaking up the attention during their 15 minutes of fame.

“I’m having a lot of fun with it,” Miller said. “It’s the neatest thing.”

“That video has gotten a response across the world, but it’ll be popular for about five days, and then it’ll be dead,” Potter said. “I’m just glad everyone’s enjoying it.”