(CNN) - Trucks are always trying to add more horsepower, but this takes it to another level!
Drivers on a Texas highway were taken aback when they spotted a horse riding in the bed of a pickup traveling at roughly 70 mph.
The horse looked stable and appeared to be enjoying itself, but police spoke with the horse's owner to confirm the animal's safety.
The owner said mechanical issues with his main transport vehicle forced him to this backup option for a 40-mile trip.
KTRE in Lufkin, Texas, reported that the driver was cited for a defective tail lamp.
“On March 9, 2019, officers with the Corrigan Police Department were dispatched to a possible traffic hazard involving a horse being hauled in the bed of a ½ ton pick-up truck with no tail gate on US Highway 59 within the city limits of Corrigan, Texas,” said a statement from the agency.
The statement went on to say the horse's back hooves "were nearly completely out of the back of the pick-up and the horse was secured in the pickup by the reins only."
Officers contacted a local livestock company to transport the horse to its destination, according to KTRE, which also reported that a case report for cruelty to animals would be examined for possible charges.
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