A horse was safely returned to its home Monday after it jumped a fence and galloped down a main High Point street before stopping at a fast food restaurant.
The equine escapee was reported to the High Point Police Department about 3:10 p.m., according to High Point television station WGHP. Within an hour, officers had corralled the horse in a grassy area near the Cook Out on North Main Street.
It’s actually not unusual for police in the Guilford County city just southwest of Greensboro to get calls about escaped horses, but it is rare for the horse to be on a five-lane road, officer Ronny Hassell told The High Point Enterprise newspaper. It apparently jumped a fence, getting out from a property on Rolling Road, about 2 miles from the restaurant.
The brown and white paint horse had “Drop the Hammer” inscribed in its halter, the Enterprise said. As it got near the Cook Out, Hassell told the other officers pursuing the horse to back off, predicting it would stop to munch nearby grass.
And that’s just what happened.
Once the horse was under control, officers gave it water and walked it around the parking lot to calm it down, the Enterprise said.
The horse’s owner was called and came to pick up the animal, WGHP reported. The horse was not injured on its romp, and traffic was not affected.