“Horse girl” Ava Vogel, 17, of Canada, said she started emulating the movements of horses about six years ago, and three years ago she turned her attention to jumping on all fours like an equine. She says she thought everyone could do it at first, but then found out she has a unique skill set. She can pull off quadrupedal jumps and was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
“I would look at actual videos of horses and I rode horses myself so I figured out how the horse moved and I would transfer that over to the human skeleton to figure out how I could apply that to myself,” Vogel told CBC News.
“It took a lot of training and repetition to be able to build up the proper muscles and a lot of stretching so my wrists were strong enough to handle the impact,” she said.
The teenager has gone viral online for her Instagram videos showing her clearing obstacles more than 3 feet high.
“I jump around and I gallop around on all four legs and try to mimic a horse as best I can,” Vogel said. “Some people think it’s very unique and interesting and they support me and a lot of people think it’s very weird and strange, which I can certainly understand.”