Before we get started, let’s make it clear that thankfully no human beings were harmed in the making of this video, nor was the majestic horse, which slammed right into the drone operator that was filming the 2000-pound animal.
In fact, the operator, Gianmarco Gabriele says he won the GoPro Million Dollar Challenge for his painful efforts, though he may have lost a little face in the process.
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Italy-based drone pilot Gianmarco Gabriele was filming the horse in full gallop when the animal – likely spooked by the buzzing piece of technology flying so close to its head – suddenly changed course and decided to run at full speed towards him.
As Gabriele was flying a first-person view drone, or FPV, using a virtual reality headset, he didn’t see the horse galloping straight towards him. The horse slammed into him, though thankfully not straight-on, sending the headset flying and the drone, now pilotless, crashing into the ground.
Watch the video below:
“It was like being hit by a train. Luckily I got out of it unharmed,” Gabriele explained in his Instagram post.
As Vice points out, the drone community has had previous incidents with horses. In 2017, three people were injured at Colorado’s “Skijoring” horse race, Silverton, when a drone operator flew too close to the animals.
While drones can certainly be a nuisance, they can also be lifesavers – such as the drone developed to detect life in disaster zones, and this one, which can efficiently kill viruses using UV-C light over large areas.