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Missing horse found after spending 4 days alone in Superstition Mountains

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FOX FOLLOW UP: We told you about a horse that got spooked and ran away while on a trail ride in the Superstition Mountains. That horse was located Thursday night, but its rescue was a bit tricky.

That horse was missing since Sunday and its owner, Michelle Mason, had been going out on her other horses, searching day and night.

At first, they were hoping to use her cell phone, which was still in her saddle bag to try and find the horse's location, but they didn't have to.  A hiker spotted the horse and captured it all on video.

"I'm out in the Superstition Mountains just walking out here and I ran upon this and it scared the living hell out of me," said Chuck Brown.

Brown says he was in the right place at the right time.  He just so happened to be hiking deep in the Superstition Mountains when he came across the horse.

"His feet have got to be killing him.  He doesn't seem to walk too well."

Brown hiked back out and immediately called for help -- not knowing that the owner of that horse had been looking day and night for him since he got spooked on a trail ride and ran off with Mason clinging to his reins.

"I was literally back in my driveway, dropping off one horse, getting ready to switch out to a fresh horse to go back out and we got a call from search and rescue saying a hiker had spotted him," said Mason.

The horse named Lance was in a deep ravine and unable to get out on his own.  Mason, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and others began to devise a plan, but it was getting dark.

"They decided the best way to do it was to drop a man in and see if we could walk him out."

The helicopter pilot used a spotlight to help guide the horse and a deputy went out of the ravine and to safety.

"He knew he was home, he was very, very happy."

Lance is now recovering at home after spending four days alone, lost in the wilderness.  Mason wants to thank MCSO and the countless volunteers, but a special thanks to the hiker who first spotted Lance.

"I owe everything to him.. wonderful guy because not only did he find him, he told somebody he went back out with us and he was with us until the end, so I owe him everything," she said.

Mason says she wants to begin volunteering for the search and rescue team after all they did for her.

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