Course owner David Barton says a lead was attached to the horse. Workers tied it to a garage while they checked with nearby farmers in the rural town of Marathon, 40 miles south of Syracuse. No one reported missing a miniature pony.
Barton says the horse appeared tired and hungry. He called state police, who turned the pony over to the Cortland County SPCA.
Troopers say Thursday they're still looking for the pony's owner.