Traffic on the M6 was briefly held this morning to safely transfer a horse between two horse boxes.
Police held traffic between junctions 26 for Orrell and 27 for Standish just before 10.50am after a horse box broke down on the highway.
An AA spokesman said: "All traffic was temporarily held in both direction whilst a horse was transferred from a broken down horse box into a new horse box.
"All lanes are now reopen."
A Highways England spokesman added: "Traffic officers temporarily stopped the traffic in both directions in order to safely transfer a horse from a broken down vehicle into a new vehicle.
There were very minor delays.