North West Motorway Police were called out to reports of a horse on M56, but there was no trace of the animal to be found.
A block was put in place westbound near junction 15 while the search was conducted at around 4pm on Saturday (February 27).
Police had been alerted to reports the horse had jumped a fence and was stranded on a grass verge by the side of the motorway.
The M56 was fully blocked heading towards North Wales while the area was searched.
But there was no sign of the mount and all lanes were reopened at about 4.15pm.
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