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Horses at drive-thru? Neigh!
2:54pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Andover
A PAIR of friends turned heads as they attempted to buy a burger and chips while on horseback at an Andover drive-thru restaurant.
Friends Emily Edon and Kayleigh Jeremy were peckish after a seven-hour ride around the town and decided to pop into McDonald’s in Portway Industrial Estate.
But staff were not loving the idea and refused to sell the two 17-year-olds their burgers while on horseback in the drive-thru.
And when the girls – who often stop off with their horses for a drink at watering holes such as the Clatford Arms – dismounted and tried to park their mounts, Alfie and Cracker, in the car park, they were also told this was not allowed.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman said: “Our drive-thru lanes are specifically designed for road-going motor vehicles. The close proximity of motor vehicles in a frequently busy area with limited space means that our drive-thru lanes are not suitable for horses.”
Bank cashier Emily, who keeps her five horses on land at her home in Red Rice Lane, Upper Clatford, said: “I love my horses and I wouldn’t take them anywhere they would be in danger. Alfie, my horse, looked at the menu and shook his head. There was a car next to us and it was just silent and they said ‘We are not going to serve you’.
“I wasn’t really expecting the reply that we got, I would have thought that they have a bit more sense of humour. There wasn’t any jokiness with these people.
“We had been on that road for seven hours going through the centre of town, the horses were being so good. We were hungry and I just wanted a Big Mac meal.”
Sparsholt College student Kayleigh, who also works at Finkley Down Farm, said: “The horses were absolutely fine, they were really good and enjoyed it.”
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