This was not a tall tale.
A miniature horse got free about 9 on Friday night, found its way onto Beach Street and was lassoed in a matter of minutes by a civilian on a ride-along with a Haltom City patrol officer.
On their Facebook page, police noted they don't get many calls of loose livestock running down Beach Street that turn out to be a miniature horse.
Officer Dusty Simmons responded to the call, and coincidentally a competitive calf-roper, Colby Caudle, was with him on a ride-along.
Once he got his lasso from his truck, Caudle, hanging out of the police SUV's window, in no time roped (or should we say arrested?) the little creature.
The horse's owner was found soon after the incident.
"This was a great experience," Caudle wrote on the Haltom City police Facebook page. He thanked the officer and the Police Department for the ride-along.
"I had a blast," he wrote. "PS if y'all ever need any more help or wanna hire me for a new mounted patrol unit. I'm all in."