Horse visits McDonald's drive-through

EMILY SPINK
Last updated 07:54 08/01/2014
Emma McLeod and horse at McDonald's

STROLL-THROUGH: Emma Mcleod and Bear order lunch at McDonald's drive-through.

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Visitors to Kaiapoi's McDonald's drive-through found themselves facing a different mode of transport on Sunday.

To celebrate her horse's improved foot condition, Emma Mcleod rode Bear through Kaiapoi's McDonald's drive- through at 11am.

"We definitely had a few people not sure about what they were seeing," Emma said.

Despite the celebrations, Bear was only able to munch on the grass outside.

"The manager said we should have bought him an apple pie."

It was the first time a horse had been through the McDonald's drive-through, much to the delight of staff and patrons.

"The manager came through and had a great laugh," Emma said. The 20 year-old horse enthusiast said a lot of people stopped to watch them pass by or brought their kids out to see.

"Lots of people stopped their cars and just watched."

After their trip through McDonald's, Mcleod and Bear took a "stroll through the village".

While Sunday's outing was a novel sight for many, it was not the first time Bear had ventured to the fast-food giant.

Last year, Bear took Emma and her friend through the McDonald's drive-through at Christchurch's Eastgate Mall.

Emma rescued the former trotting racehorse from becoming "dog-tucker" after it had retired from racing.

"He's just gorgeous. He's just so laid back - like a gigantic labrador."

Mcleod said horses like Bear often got a bad "rep", but he proved to people that they could be good horses.

Mcleod plans to do the trip with Bear again to get their next McDonalds fix.

"Give it a couple of weeks and we'll be back."

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