On April 28, our family’s horse broke free of his fence.

He ran up and down Route 3 for about an hour and a half.

I would like to thank all the people who stopped to help, all strangers working together to protect a very scared animal.

We are grateful the horse and no people were hurt.

We were blessed that a “horse whisper” — another complete stranger — came to his rescue and calmed him.

The Augusta Police Department was awesome trying to keep everyone safe.

I also appreciate the people who had to patiently wait in traffic on a warm, beautiful afternoon.

The horse is safely in his stall tonight, because strangers cared. Thank you.

Muffy Loiko-Shockley

Augusta