A landscape gardener used a lasso to catch a horse which had strayed onto a busy main road with its foal.
Grant Richardson corralled the two horses off the busy A447 near Market Bosworth and into a field and lassoed the mare to lead her to another field away from the road.
The 24-year-old even tried to hang on as the mare turned into a bucking bronco and trampled all over him.
Grant dusted himself off, grabbed the rope and tethered the two horses to await police help.
The landscape gardener, who has been nicknamed Clint Eastwood by colleagues, told how he grabbed a rope out of his work van after he and two colleagues drove along Goatham Lane, Osbaston, near Market Bosworth, on Wednesday afternoon.
The 24-year-old, who works for Snapdragon Landscapes, of Stapleton, near Barwell, said he had to brake sharply as a mare and its foal came running along the lane.
He said: “I grabbed a rope and got out of the van.
“I tried to stop them going past me but they did and got onto the A447.
“I didn’t really think about running onto the busy road, I just knew I had to stop them as it could have caused a bad smash.
“They were going with the traffic and I was on the other carriageway heading towards the traffic.
”I managed to divert them off the road and into a field. I followed them and got them in a corner.”
After he had corralled the pair he employed his lasso skills.
He said: “I had seen cowboys in films lassoing horses so I made a lasso and threw it at the mare’s neck. It went on her head on the first throw.
“I was amazed. I led her towards another field near the van.”
As he did so, the mare bucked and trampled over him.
He said: “I got her back and tethered her and her baby in field. The shoulder was a bit sore after a good trampling.”
Grant and colleagues Nathan Illiffe and Harry Williams called the police who arrived about 90 minutes later.
Grant said: “I had to call the boss and warn him that we were going to be late for the next job as I had l just lassoed a horse and had to wait for the police to arrive.”
Grant’s boss John Grewcock, who owns Snapdragon landscapes, praised his worker.
He said: “I think what Grant did was brilliant.
“I must admit when he called up and told me that he had caught a horse and was waiting for the police it did cross my mind that he might actually be in a beer garden somewhere.
“But seriously, what he did was brave and resourceful.
“We are all calling him Clint Eastwood now.”
Market Bosworth police, who arrived to take over from Grant, posted pictures on Facebook.
They posted: “These lads from a local landscaping firm spotted this mare and foal loose on the A447.
“In a move described by some as putting Clint Eastwood to shame, the mare was lassoed and walked to a temporary safe spot.
“The lads waited over an hour with them before we arrived.
“Exhausting all contacts locally – the two (horses) were walked to a safe location where enquires will continue to locate an owner.
“Boys – thanks for your help. We hope the shoulder gets better soon.”
Grant said his shoulder was sore but getting better.
He said: “There is a lot of banter flying around after this. I think the new nickname will stick.”