Horse Loose On I-35 Backs Up Morning Traffic

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Traffic was backed up on Interstate 35 E southbound because of a horse that was loose on the road for more than an hour.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the horse came from a farm. It had no saddle or bridal on it when it escaped around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The horse traveled south on I-35E, just north of I-35W near the Forest Lake area and Hugo area.

At one point, an officer was able to corral the horse on the road, but because they didn’t have anything to hold on to it with, it took off.

They managed to catch up to it again at a truck stop. Officers got a rope on it, but it broke free again and went back on the interstate, heading north in the southbound lanes.

Then, the horse crossed the busy road and onto the northbound side of the interstate around 6 a.m. That’s where police finally managed to get a hold of a trailer and corral the horse off the interstate and back home.

Traffic in the area is moving freely as of 6:20 a.m.

  • Dennis

    Glad the horse didn’t get hit and I am equally glad that a motorist didn’t hit the horse. Could have been deadly.

    • Laurie Johnson Hanel

      So true – it could have been much worse than it was…interesting drive through there this am.

  • Laurie Johnson Hanel

    Can I make a correction to the article? The freeway it was on was I-35. There is no I-35E north of I-35W…the 2 I-35s come together (or split – depending on which direction you are coming from) just south of Forest Lake and become I-35…the E & W are designations through the metro area only…the rest of the country has only I-35….please – get it right.

    Many of us from up in that area realize that you don’t really consider anything north of 694 as being anything but a bunch of country hicks. However, we work & (more importantly in this economy) shop and go to sporting events and theater & art events and many other things in the metro area. Is it asking too much for you to pay attention long enough to get the name of the INTERSTATE HIGHWAY correct? Thank you!

    • Chris

      “the rest of the country has only I-35….please – get it right.”

      if you want to get technical, there is an E/W split of I-35 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as well.

      you can wiki it.

      • Otis

        I just drove on I-35E thru downtown Dallas just a few weeks ago.

    • Benny

      Laurie quit being a jerk about interstate roadway naming, did you physically see where the horse was? Let the rich people enjoy their horses while the poor suffer.

    • CandyLee

      I think you are the one with the problem. Sounds to me like you have an enormous chip on your shoulder. Get over it!

  • MG

    Where’s a cowboy when you need him?

    • debby

      funny, there is a horse track right there! I am thinking there might have been a horse expert or two iin the stable area

  • Terri

    It’s also spelled bridle.

  • Melanie

    Chasing the horse was the WORST idea ever!!! Horses are herd animals so when they are chased they will run and get all worked up. There so lucky that horse or a person wasnt hit… The more you chase them the faster theyll run and more upset theyll get. If they had gotten a horse person out there with grain and a halter pretty sure they would have caught it wo having to chase it, plus the lights from cop cars freaks them out too

    • SG

      The whole incident was only about an hour long. Looking at the picutures, it doesn’t appear that they were actually chasing the horse more following it and blocking traffic to keep anyone from hitting it. Watch the video and you’ll see that the officers were able to walk right up to it. A bit difficult to keep an animal that size in one place without anything to hold onto them with. The horse appears calm and walking hte entire time, not frightened and running. This probably isn’t the first time they have had to deal with an escaped horse in that area and might actually have a clue as to what the were doing. You don’t know that they didn’t contact an expert or have experience themsleves Just because it was not mentioned in the article doesn’t mean they didn’t do it. It might have actually taken longer. I’m sure it took time to get the trailer out there or are they supposed to drive around with them on a regular basis?

    • Michelle

      The horse is also a DOMESTICATED animal, and if properly trained, can be easily coaxed to you with a carrot, or even just an empty hand. They don’t automatically run from humans. I’ve worked with horses for years, and most horses will come right to you with just a whistle if they’ve been trained right. In fact, most will come running to the paddock gate to greet you without even being called.

      What the local police NEEDED was someone trained in horsemanship to catch the horse instead of trying to do it themselves.

    • Jim

      You’re a BRILLIANT “expert”. It looks like the lights were more for the motorists than the horse. The only people who ran at the horse were motorists, probably experts like yourself, that thought they would help and only made the situation worse. Since the police were able to contain the animal, summon a trailer and end the situation without injury to motorists or the horse. I say a tip of the hat to the cops. Why don’t you call your local police and have them put you the emergency halter & grain call out list. Thankfully, you were not involved in this situation.

  • Anita Newwolf

    The horse was safe running freely on the highway. If it got loose at the zoo they would have shot it and sent it to the glue factory without a second thought!

    • Brad

      What can you make a Mexican wolf out of?

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  • Willie Shoemaker

    I feel sorry for the horse – he had such a long face : (

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