A horse named Colorado got to play Pegasus for a few minutes today after he was attached to a long rope and rescued by helicopter from a sand bank in Arizona's Gila River.

On Friday, raging waters had forced three horses and their riders onto the sand bank. One horse was able to cross back to solid ground, another broke his leg and had to be put down and, this morning, after spending four long days stranded, Colorado got the ride of his life courtesy of the Arizona Equine Rescue.

To prepare the 8-year-old quarter horse for the half-mile ride at roughly 100 feet of altitude, Colorado was given tranquilizers, and fitted with blinders.

Fine, it's not quite like pigs flying, but read on to see rare video of an airborne horse.