A plucky teenage girl has been hailed as a hero after her quick wit saved a runaway horse on a busy Maryland highway.
A 16-year-old girl and her horse were preparing to take part in a horse show when they spotted a runaway horse. Without hesitation, she stepped forward and led the horse to safety. The spectacular rescue was captured on video!
Caroline Schoults and her rescue horse Tinkerbell were at De Novo Farm, Ann Arundel, waiting to start riding when one of the horses ran out of the barn right down the busiest road.
The girl immediately realized that the runaway horse could be in real danger, so she decided to save him. Another girl, 13-year-old Julia Young, who was in the stands, captured the moment on her cell phone.
The images were later posted to Facebook by Jeanette Newland.
“At our first horse show, we were in our family barn when we saw another horse break free of its halter and run away,” Jeanette Newland wrote.
“A brave 16-year-old girl who was preparing for the competition tried to help catch it.”
Caroline and Tinkerbell pursued the runaway horse for about three miles down the highway. Meanwhile, other rides joined forces to help in the rescue.
They led their carriages close to the horses so that other drivers would not come close to them.
“Finally, after about 3 miles, when everyone was pretty exhausted, I managed to lead her along the side of the freeway on the grass,” Caroline shared on Facebook.
“I jumped up, threw a lead rope around his neck and waited a few seconds for everyone to come to us.”