Paul & Kay Boyles on their wedding day with Erik the horse. A groom shocked wedding guests by having his faithful race horse as his best man on his wedding day he even took him on the honeymoon. See SWNS story SWMDhorse. Paul Boyles, 47, secretly arranged for his ex-race horse Erik to be walked down the aisle after growing a strong bond with the four-legged animal. Paul and his now wife Kay, 48, who is also horse mad, bought Erik last year after she persuaded hubby Paul to buy his first ever horse. He had never ridden a horse before but dove into the ownership experience head first and quickly made an inseparable bond with Erik. For his wedding on May 28, Paul opted for Erik as his best man and practised with him for months to get him used to the environment.