What was this horse doing on a Florida highway? Cops are looking for answers

The hose nicknamed “Highway” escaped from a trailer taking him to be euthanized.
The hose nicknamed “Highway” escaped from a trailer taking him to be euthanized.

What in the world happened to Teddy Bear Highway?

Deputies are looking for the owner of this horse, given its nickname by law enforcement after it was found injured on Interstate 75 Friday morning, north of Micanopy, Florida.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said that investigators believe he either fell out of a trailer or wandered into the road and was grazed by a vehicle. He suffered road rash, external injuries plus a large open joint wound.

It’s still unclear what exactly happened to Highway, who was taken to the nearby Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic in Newberry. The clinic’s GoFundMe page raised $8,879 of $7,500 goal.

As of Sunday morning, the horse appeared to be out of the woods, “demanding attention, carrots, and walking well,” according to a Facebook post from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, which adds most of wounds are “superficial.”

The 12-year-old gelding has become a bit of a celebrity. His case appeared on equine advocates site Stolen Horse International.

The sheriff’s office says that various people have offered to adopt him, and that once the formal, legal, and investigative steps are complete and if he’s eligible for adoption, they will post the information on their social media channels.

“Healing will be the long, hard part: he is on antibiotics to help keep infection under control until his knee heals, plus receiving pain medication and ulcer prevention treatment.”

The post adds that “he clearly belongs to someone, and we’d love to get them reunited.”

If you have information about him, contact the sheriff’s office’s Combined Communications Center at 352-955-1818.