A horse got away from a Morton Grove stable Saturday and galloped up Golf Road to the Old Orchard mall in Skokie, more than a mile away, before police officers were able to box it in at Golf Road and Skokie Boulevard.

“She decided to take a stroll,” said Frank Keener, a Skokie police sergeant. “I think she was looking to do a little shopping along Skokie Boulevard.”

“She was having a moment,” said stable employee Paula McKinnon, who walked the mare back to the Glen Grove Equestrian Center afterward with a police escort. “She got nervous and took off.”

It happened just before 6 p.m. The horse crossed several streets during its half-hour or so of freedom but wasn’t hurt, Keener said.

He said it was only the third runaway horse he could recall in 20 years as a cop.

Saturday’s chase came almost a year to the day after Skokie police helped corral a boa constrictor found on a parkway.

Police escort a horse back to its Morton Grove stable. | Network Video Productions

Police escort a horse back to its Morton Grove stable. | Network Video Productions