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It Took 20 People, a Tow Truck, Fire Hose & Air Bags to Rescue This Trapped Horse
TheBlaze.com ^

Posted on 08/27/2013 3:56:46 PM PDT by CaptainKip

Emergency crews in Pennsylvania had to put on their thinking caps to successfully carry out their latest rescue mission: a horse stuck — and still sinking — in a mud pit.

Fairfield Fire and EMS were called Sunday morning to help extract the distressed 18-year-old horse. When the crews arrived, the horse named “Wrangler” had mud up to his shoulders and was having trouble keeping his head up, according to a news release.

The department’s Assistant Chief Dave Millstein told TheBlaze the rescuers had never encountered a situation like this before, but that their first thought was to evaluate what they had on hand and at their disposal to help stabilize the animal.

The “extrication team’s” first priority was to keep Wrangler’s head above the mud. As that team worked, other support was called in, including tactical rescue teams, Lady and Tayler Towing and veterinarians.

Given that it would be up to an hour for the other teams to arrive, the extrication team took some innovative measures to provide support to the tired horse.

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Health/Medicine; Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
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1 posted on 08/27/2013 3:56:46 PM PDT by CaptainKip
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To: CaptainKip

Rescue Pics:

http://911-photography.smugmug.com/Adams-County-Pennsylvania/Fairfield-Fire-Dept/Fairfield-Station-Road-8-25-13/31438750_M4QmvF/2722778486_8Z7XqJj#!i=2722773864&k=4BHwCzZ


2 posted on 08/27/2013 4:01:22 PM PDT by CaptainKip
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To: CaptainKip

Yay! Nice work.


3 posted on 08/27/2013 4:01:34 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: CaptainKip

Great story. Thanks for posting.


4 posted on 08/27/2013 4:14:46 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: CaptainKip

I hope the vets checked his teeth and ran a fecal on him.

He’s too skinny.

:(

I’m very glad he’s out of the mud hole.


5 posted on 08/27/2013 4:26:06 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Salamander

probably good to check him out, but he didn’t seem too skinny to me, ut i only saw one picture and it’s not the best. i know animals as they get older, generally lose a little weight.


6 posted on 08/27/2013 4:32:47 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: CaptainKip

You can tell by the look in his eye the poor horse thought he was done for.

7 posted on 08/27/2013 4:33:23 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Liberty Valance; mickie
There's been several wonderful and heartwarming stories on Free Republic today, including this uplifting equine one (pun intended).

Another was the story and photo of the amputee war hero being carried on the back of his indescribably loving (and equally heroic) wife. There were a couple other inspiring narratives today that have slipped my mind.

Another great day at the F.R. Corral!

Leni

9 posted on 08/27/2013 4:46:31 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: CaptainKip

I’d be questioning his owner why he’s skin and bones. No wonder he couldn’t get out on his own.


10 posted on 08/27/2013 4:46:48 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Check out the rump and back hips. That’s a malnourished horse.


11 posted on 08/27/2013 4:56:32 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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12 posted on 08/27/2013 4:58:38 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: bgill

Not skin and bones but definitely could put on some weight, although I have seen very old horses that looked like that


13 posted on 08/27/2013 5:25:10 PM PDT by NH Red
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To: CaptainKip
Great story. Poor old guy, 18 years old, had been stuck in there since Sunday. No wonder he looked exhausted and resigned to a bad fate. I am so glad they got him out and he's OK. One must wonder, however, how come there is a dangerous mud pit like this in a pasture. Can't it be fenced off?

Of course, Obama would have walked away from this poor guy to go play golf or something. Do recall that it is Odunga who authorized the reopening of horse slaughterhouses in the U.S. again. He should be their first "guest".

14 posted on 08/27/2013 5:51:09 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This pic does NOT show the hips or rump of this horse, but it does how his spine and his ribs.

I have horses—have had for 28 years. He is probably dehydrated from all of his evfforts in hot weather, and has used up alot of calories, but there is no evidence in this picture to show that he is underfed.

I have the following:
a 29 year old mare—dam of 10 year old
a 24 year old mare
a 19 year old gelding
a 10 year old stallion-—sire of 6 year old
a 6 year old gelding

Depending on the severity of winter, I have to watch the 29 year old, but none of them have a pronounced dorsal spine of high hip bones showing, even in the coldest weather.

It would help if I knew what breed this horse is. Mine are all registered Arabians.


15 posted on 08/27/2013 6:40:18 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Secret Agent Man

He’s only 18 and he appears to be some kind of draft mix or other heavy breed.

His hips should not be protruding that much nor his ribs showing.

He looks like a sweet boy and yes, I worry over-much about animals, habitually.

Older horses ‘lose weight’ because they often need their teeth floated to realign them for proper chewing.


16 posted on 08/27/2013 6:56:34 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

This

http://911-photography.smugmug.com/Adams-County-Pennsylvania/Fairfield-Fire-Dept/Fairfield-Station-Road-8-25-13/31438750_M4QmvF/2722778486_8Z7XqJj#!i=2722782169&k=HzvX8cX&lb=1&s=A


17 posted on 08/27/2013 7:02:29 PM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...the clowns will eat me.)
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To: CaptainKip

Poor old sod. Looks like an old head injury there, a small crater below the left ear, like he got whacked by a hammer or a polo mallet.
Probably affected his brain’s stay-outta-mud-patches node.


18 posted on 08/28/2013 8:38:39 AM PDT by HomeAtLast (Galt's Gulch: it isn't Valley Forge.)
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