Horse on the loose joins morning commute in Scottsdale

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --  A single horse running through the Arizona desert - nothing strange about that. But a single horse strolling across a major highway? That set the scene for a wild Thursday in north Scottsdale.

"It started at 5:30 this morning, with a report of a horse on the on ramp of the 101 at Pima and Princess," said Sgt. Frank O'Halloran.

Scottsdale Police found the feral horse wandering west. By mid-morning it had a entourage on foot and in the air, just in time for officers to make the horse's trot on Scottsdale Road as safe as possible.

"We were able to close the road for him so he could get across without creating a public safety hazard," said Sgt. O'Halloran.

The horse reached state protected land by lunchtime, and equine rescue teams thought this might be their chance, but the horse wasn't going to go easy.

So the afternoon was spent trying to corner him, chasing him in circles and waiting for the right moment, which really never came. That's when the group said it realized there was no way to catch him safely on Thursday, and that the conditions could be worse.

"He ended up in the best situation that he could have ended up, there's a water tank, plenty of vegetation for him to live over here. And according to horse experts there are other strays on this side of the road," said Sgt. O'Halloran.

Hopefully he and the others will stay where they're welcome to roam, far from the freeway.