A mind-boggling optical illusion appears to show horses walking on WATER – can you find out what’s really happening?

TWO wild horses look like they could walk on water in this stunning video.

They were filmed slapping their hooves on the surface as they seemingly glided down a river on an invisible raft.

The horses were filmed as they appeared to slide down the river


The horses were filmed as they appeared to slide down the riverCredit: Kennedy News/Kelli Rogers
Kelli Rogers filmed them on the Salt River in Arizona


Kelli Rogers filmed them on the Salt River in ArizonaCredit: Kennedy News/Kelli Rogers
TikTok viewers stunned - can you figure out what's going on?


TikTok viewers stunned – can you figure out what’s going on?Credit: Kennedy News/Kelli Rogers

The footage seems to defy nature – but it’s an illusion related to perspective.

Kelli Rogers, 58, filmed it on her phone while paddling on the Salt River in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest last month.

Her excited granddaughter is heard shouting “It’s the horseys” as she spots two members of a herd of 400 in the water.

Then Kelli is heard saying to the young horses: “Hey buddies! You don’t get scared? Where’s the mom?”

She was thrilled with the encounter – but it wasn’t until she watched the video later that she noticed the bizarre floating effect.

The illusion is created because the horses stood in a shallow part of the river as the family floated past in a deeper channel.

The trees in the background are further away than the horses, so they appear to be moving at a different speed.

And our eyes are tricked into believing the camera is stationary – rather than moving in the stream with Kelli’s paddle board.

So it seems as if the horses are floating in the opposite direction, when in fact they are standing still or walking slowly.

Kelli said: “It was crazy. It wasn’t until I got home and watched the video that I was like, ‘Oh, they look like they’re floating’.

“For those few seconds, there was the illusion that they were the ones floating or paddling, not us.

“I was on the river with my daughter and her little family. I had my granddaughter with me on the paddle board.

“On this part of the river there is a herd of about 400 wild horses that roam free.

“You often see horses in the water running across the river. It’s just nice when you have the opportunity to see that.

“It was one of those moments where they were completely still in a few inches of water.

“When we passed, they didn’t move. They just don’t stand still that often.”

The video has been viewed more than 8.3 million times on TikTok and received more than 1.1 million comments and likes.

One onlooker said: “Why did I think these horses were on a raft floating so majestically down the river?”

Another said: “I’ve watched about six times to realize you’re swimming downstream and they’re not moving.”

Titanic fight

Another TikToker said: “I thought my eyes were fooling me… until I realized you’re the one going downstream…

“What a shot… just beautiful.”

Kelli said: “The comments are so funny.

“A lot of people referred to the movie ‘Titanic’ and said Jack and Rose should have fit on the door if the horses fit on what they looked like they were standing on.

“I have loads of videos of the horses on the river and they’re usually just in the water drinking, eating the brush or playing.

“It’s a really great thing for people to enjoy the horses out there.”

It comes after a famous illusion test of whether viewers see a horse running backwards or forwards.

How you see it is supposed to determine if you’re left- or right-brained.

Meanwhile, another perplexing puzzle challenges you to find seven horses camouflaged in a snowy mountain landscape.

Kelli Rogers discovered the


Kelli Rogers discovered the “swimming” horses while paddling with her grandchildrenCredit: Kennedy News/Kelli Rogers

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