Man Buys Horse For Commuting, says a "feasible option" amid fuel price hiketext_fields
Maharashtra: Shaikh Yusuf from Maharashtra found a way to counter the fuel price increase by riding a horse to work. Shaikh Yusuf told news agency ANI that it is "a feasible option".
"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," said Yusuf. A video posted by the news agency shows Yusuf riding the horse to work each day.
The horse is named Jigar, and Yusuf purchased it for *40,000 during the Coronavirus lockdown.
"I bought it during lockdown. My bike wasn't functioning, petrol prices had gone up and public transport wasn't plying. This is when I bought this horse for ₹ 40,000 to commute," Yusuf added.
His choice of action, however, has divided the internet. While some users praised it, others ridiculed it.
"Would really like to get in touch with this gentleman ! Want to buy a horse too! Commuting to saket and HC will be fun on a horse," tweets by a user, Raghav Awasthi.
The use of horses as a mode of transport is viewed as "animal cruelty", according to some users.
Amogh Bhaskar tweeted: "Time to buy a horse. Hello 1800.".
'Jigar' is a four-year-old black horse of the Kathiawari breed. It is quite common for Yusuf, the Ghodawala, to be seen on the horse alongside cars and motorcycles. He also gives rides to children.