Young drivers could learn a lot from Butterscotch, a 1600-pound palomino horse who was trained to drive a Lincoln Continental.
Butterscotch proved himself to be a cautious and diligent driver, with his speed kept in check throughout.
The remarkable footage was filmed in Louisville, in Oldham County, Kentucky, in 1975.
Butterscotch’s trainer, Ham Morris, had the car specially modified to allow his horse to drive it.
The horse enters the car from the rear. He starts it himself, pops it into gear, and away he goes, having the odd tweak at the steering wheel and sounding the horn from time to time.
Butterscotch still had a few things to learn, however, with Morris issuing plenty of advice to keep him on the straight and narrow.
“It was said a horse could not be trained to drive an automobile. That was many years ago,” Morris said after Butterscotch had shown off his driving prowess to a television crew.
“And this is the second horse I’ve trained to drive one.
Asked how one goes about training a horse to drive, he replies: “You have to go through your brain into the animal brain. In other words, he functions through my brain. You have know when to quit. Not to tire a horse out. Not to burn him out.”
The video appears on the YouTube channel of WFPLnews, and was courtesy of WAVE-3.
Barry Bernson prepared the original TV report on Butterscotch for WAVE-TV in 1975. The footage is on a DVD included with the book Bernson’s Corner.