On the way to work this morning, the traffic guy on the radio station I listen to most was giving a traffic report and said there were 4 horses running up the middle of Highway 87...between Gilbert and Shea. Well, that's a BIG area. Maybe 5 miles between the two intersections. But it's also the only traffic lights in that area. There's streets in between, but they're residential and from a helicopter might be difficult to read the street signs. The traffic guy was viewing a report from a local news station who actually had a helicopter in the air and was filming the horses running (or walking) down the road. The presence of horses isn't unusual in itself. The area is all desert and mostly reservation land. I've seen horses on the sides of the road several times before. Not right on the side of the road, but near it. What is slightly unusual is that they are IN the road. Fortunately the area is wide open and highly unlikely they are in any sort of danger. There's probably either county deputies, reservation police or highway patrol out there trying to herd them off the road as it's pretty well-traveled, especially during rush hour.
I looked on Bing for images of wild horses in Arizona and found a couple I'll share. Because of their wide range, it was hard to find ones that were specifically the Salt River herd. I wish I knew where they hung out so I could go take my own pictures.
|photo by Rick Grybos|
|photo by Willie Stark|