Shoppers surprised as the horse and cart trotted through the market in downtown Nuneaton

Shoppers had to do a double take when a traditional horse and cart drove through downtown Nuneaton on market day. They were shocked when they saw the cart, with several teenagers on board, pulled by a horse.

He was spotted several times in the city center on Saturday March 19. At one point the horse, which looked covered in sweat or water, was trotted along Queens Road, which had bustling market stalls on either side, among bustling crowds.

A passer-by at the market, who did not want to be named, said: “I couldn’t believe what was happening before my eyes. The market was busy, and then this horse and cart came trotting through the middle.

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“The horse looked wet – either he was covered in sweat or he was covered in water – but he was dripping. You wouldn’t expect to see anything like that.”

Similar-looking carts are sometimes used in drag racing. However, this is illegal on public roads across the country.

CoventryLive understands that several years ago parts of the A444 were grounded by these races.