User @that1cowboy shared the clip on TikTok, where it has since been viewed over 2.3M times. In the video, the cowboy rides along a scenic trail with his horse Scout during sunset when, suddenly, a high-pitched voice seems to shout “Hey!” from the surrounding bushes.
The horse stops in its tracks and turns its head toward the area where the voice came from, when suddenly, it repeats itself, shouting “Hey!” one more time.
The horse then becomes panicked and begins galloping in the opposite direction.
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Much like the horse, TikTokers were supremely creeped out by the voice, with many suggesting it was a “skinwalker,” an evil shape-shifting creature from Navajo folklore.
“Skinwalker said ‘hey!’ and horse said ‘bye!'” wrote one user.
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“Smart horse, they have amazing intuition,” noted another. “Something definitely isn’t right and that’s why [it] got spooked. Be safe y’all that’s insane.”
“A horse would not stop like that to a normal human’s voice, the horse can distinguish what it’s really hearing which is why it freaks out and runs,” commented a third.
Whatever made the noise … we’re glad no one stuck around to find out.
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