Modesto, California —Officers in Modesto got a crash course in horse wrangling Thursday.
A pony got loose and led cops on a chase. They finally caught up to him, and that’s when the hard work began.
“He kind of led us on a trot through Northwest Modesto,” said Sgt. Garret Crawford.
Police tried to to corral the Shetland pony but the little guy kept bolting. Officers chased the galloping animal before he stopped for a snack a few houses down the street.
Surrounded by a trio of cop cars, the animal munched on hay college students delivered while animal control officers planned their next move.
About two hours into the ordeal an equestrian cop pulls up with a trailer. He tried to wrangle the pony but the pony puts up a fight. After bringing in fresh oats, the pony settles down and the handler quickly guides the animal inside the trailer.
The rescue was a first for even veteran police officers.
“Dogs on the loose, the occasional snake or something like that a horse is the first for me,” said Crawford.
The pony will stay at an animal shelter until its owner is found.