Photo Credit: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

Motorists encountered a super stressful traffic stopper yesterday as a panicked horse ran loose in the midst of two streams of traffic. Luckily, care and compassion led him to safety:


Cape Town (18 August, 2023)—Yesterday afternoon, rush hour traffic travellers witnessed a distressing ‘traffic stopper’: a horse on the loose running panicked along the M5 inbound.

To make matters more hectic for the horse and concerned motorists, the horse had training equipment attached to him as he trotted forward between two very busy roads.

Luckily, people alerted the Cape of Good Hope SPCA to the situation so that the horse could be handled with care. While their team raced against the horse’s pace to get to to the area in time, a compassionate bystander stepped up to calm the horse down.

By the time the helpful teams arrived (5 inspectors and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Chief Inspector), the horse had taken a break due to an injury to the leg. Thankfully, he was in the calming company of the compassionate bystander at that point.

First aid was applied as soon as possible, before the horse ended his Thursday on the loose by stepping into a horse box and heading to safer pastures at the SPCA’s Horse Care Unit.

According to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, investigations indicated that the horse was being trained before getting loose.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to the members of the public who stopped to help, Cape Town Traffic Services who closed the road enabling us to work safely and all the motorists on the M5 for the patience and consideration for a horse in trouble.”—The Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

Sources: Cape of Good Hope SPCA
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this heartwarming and compassionate story! It’s so reassuring to see how people came together to ensure the safety and well-being of the panicked horse during the traffic ordeal. The quick response from the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and the kindness of the bystander truly made a difference. This story serves as a reminder of the power of care and empathy in unexpected situations. Kudos to everyone involved in helping the horse find its way to safety and healing.

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