07/29/2013 05:00 EDT | Updated 09/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Saskatoon Horse Chase Forces Police To Get Creative

Corman Park Police

SASKATOON - A Saskatoon police officer has discovered that a farm background comes in handy on the job, especially when capturing four-legged vagabonds.

Police got word early Sunday morning that a horse was running loose and posing a potential danger to traffic.

Const. Derek Chesney, a former rancher, was among the officers called to the scene and quickly realized that a little ingenuity would get the aging gelding - called Archie - out of harm's way.

Chesney lured the animal by filling a bucket with stones and rattling it to mimic the sound of oats before fashioning a bridle out of police tow rope to secure him prior to loading the horse on a trailer.

Chesney jokes that perhaps his colleagues should take lariat training in case they need it in the future.

It turns out Archie had plodded all the way from Clavet, about 30 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon, but he was safely back in his owner's care by the afternoon.

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