A York County Sheriff’s Office sergeant used almonds, YouTube and a little ingenuity to wrangle a wayward horse in the wilds of Cornish on Tuesday morning.

The sheriff’s office received a call around 3 a.m. from a person worried about a horse that was spotted walking down the middle of Ossipee Trail, also known as Route 25, in Cornish. The horse – later determined to be 32 years old – had no identifying markings, halter or bridle.

“The horse produced no identification and would not reveal where he came from or his place of residence,” Sheriff Bill King said in a fittingly tongue-in-cheek statement. “Sgt. Steve Thistlewood responded and utilized his interviewing skills to no avail.”

Thistlewood tried to calm the horse as it became skittish, but still needed to find a way to get it out of the road.

After finding some rope in his cruiser and using a YouTube video as guidance to fashion a halter, the officer-turned-cowboy used almonds to lure the horse close enough to slip on the halter.

Thistlewood called a few people in the area to see if they were missing a horse. A local rancher agreed to hold the horse until its owner could be located.

“Sgt. Thistlewood could not fit the horse in the back seat so he walked about a mile with horse in tow to the hospitable rancher,” King said.

The rancher told King the horse was reunited with its owners later Tuesday morning.

Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.