Social media reunites equine escapee with owner

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Social media spurred the reunion of a wiley paint horse and his caring owner.

This is the very same equine escapee found hoofing it along Ouray Avenue in Grand Junction over the weekend.

“Somebody put a purse strap on him” Nadia Sweeten, the horse's owner says with a laugh.

She's happy to be reunited with Azul, her paint horse with one blue eye.

"He’s been going in the mountains with me since he was a colt. I know that if I ever get lost on the mountains I can jump right on him and he’d take me home," Sweeten said.

Azul is also a horse Houdini, engineering an escape from his pasture, by climbing through a water tank.

Then… he took a trip to town. “He slipped right out and went for a day hike!" Sweeten said.

Sweeten didn't even know her horse was loose, until he was spotted on social media.

A buddy of mine called me and said “Nadia! I saw your horse got loose, somebody’s got him, he’s on Facebook.”

Police apprehended Azul last Friday evening.

Nadia, glad to have him back, didn’t just load him into a horse trailer. The two finished their adventure with a several hour trail ride back to his, now more secure, pasture.