Skip to comments.El Monte firefighters rescue inverted equine from ditch (Milpitas, CA)
Posted on 04/19/2018 9:52:25 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
In the seven years since the Santa Clara County Fire Departments El Monte Fire Station crew first assembled its cache of large-animal rescue equipment, firefighters have employed it for jobs ranging from extracting a deer from a fence to helping an immobile horse with cancer access medical treatment. On Easter firefighters faced their most challenging animal rescue operation: liberating an upside-down, 900-pound Arabian mare from a drainage ditch.
Firefighter engineer Jeff Brown and Capt. Matthew Maxson are among the El Monte Fire Station firefighters credited with helping to save the horse.
The emergency call came at approximately 6:15 p.m. April 1: A 16-year-old horse missing from Indian Hills Ranch in Milpitas for eight hours had been located in a 5-foot-deep ditch at the bottom of a fenced-in pasture, the firefighters said. A recent rainstorm caused erosion around the hole, and the animal was pinned beneath a 300-pound cement ball that once anchored a fence post near the drain. CAL FIRE crews on scene requested mutual aid from partner agencies with large-animal rescue experience, and a five-person team from the El Monte station and representatives from Santa Clara County Animal Care & Control, the Santa Clara County Large Animal Evacuation Team and the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded.
Moving quickly but carefully was critical; rescuers were cognizant of both the dwindling sunlight and the horses labored breathing.
The longer theyre upside down, their bowels stop moving and they start generating a lot of methane in their bowels, Maxson said. And if it gets to be too much, the weight of their organs on their aorta begins to slow their blood flow and then the gas expansion in their digestive track will actually compress their diaphragm and make it so they cant breathe.
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An eight-person haul team led by rescue specialist Brown righted the horse, and then the group set about removing it from the hole. They covered exposed roots and debris to guard the horse from injury and chiseled away at the embankment to create a ramp intended to help it walk out. But after at least three hours spent upside down, the animal was exhausted; it couldnt hold its head up and buried its nose into the soft earth. Rescuers positioned broad straps over the horses withers and through its front legs and used a mechanical advantage system and plastic, sheet-sized slides to ease it out of the ditch. Once a veterinarian administered a medical cocktail injection, the horse perked up and walked back to the stables. The rescue operation concluded at approximately 10 p.m.
Maxson described the reunion between horse and owner as tearful and emotional. The woman declined to speak to reporters but told Santa Clara County Fire Department representatives the next day that her pet was doing well.
It was just absolutely amazing that the animal survived given the extent of the entrapment and the duration of the event, Maxson said. I attribute it to everyone working hard and working well together.
I think this is the feel-good story of the day. It especially resonates with our family because our daughter is an equestrienne and a veterinary technician, our son is training to be a firefighter, and we've owned horses.
Inverted Equine would be a good name for a punk band.
I used to live on Homestead Road in Santa Clara.
Who'da thunk a fire house could have a weight-carrying rating?
You are naming a Band and I'm still stuck in amazement that the news idiots:
1) Located a Thesaurus
2) Were able to find the words they wanted to replace.
3) Chose the right words
4) Got it correct!
“Inverted Equine would be a good name for a punk band.”
Just bought “InvertedEquine.com” at GoDaddy.
I’m squatting on gold!
Oh, it was upside down. Inverted brings on many other thoughts on it.
I can beat that... I used to board my horse at Indian Hills. There is a very steep "pasture" on the West side.
Ping Me when You set up the Homepage Please.
BTW- Great Tagline.
...or fire hose used for this application? I wonder if it might have damaged the hose.
I lived at the intersection of Homestead and Flannery!
I worked at Phase IV Computers.
That was a few decades ago, though...