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A Maricopa woman captured video of wild horses on the Gila River Indian Reservation Tuesday morning. The footage was filmed by Steafy Montecino on Sacate Road in Casa Blanca around 8 a.m. Vehicles are seen stopping for the animals as a few cross the road, while one horse is shown sloshing in the recent monsoon’s roadside puddles.

“It was beautiful,” Montecino said.

The area where the video was filmed is located less than three miles from the State Route 347 and Casa Blanca Road intersection.

Photo by Brooke Cook

Wild horses temporarily slowed the commute of morning commuters on State Route 347 Thursday.

At least two horses breached the fenced boundary that separates the Gila River herd from the busy roadway, according to witnesses.

Brooke Cook was heading north when she saw the horses crossing the road around 7 a.m. about a half mile south of Riggs Road.

“Traffic was calm, we just patiently waited for them to cross,” Cook said. “It was peaceful almost.”

Another motorist reported seeing a horse on the southbound side of the Gila River Bridge about a half-hour after Cook’s sighting.

A worker was reportedly cutting the fence to help the horse back to safety.