Thursday, March 27, 2008
Pregnant Draft Horse Rescued from Ice-Covered Pond in Johnson Creek
This was big news around these parts on Tuesday. I know people will say, "How could this horse get out of her pen?". Well, it happens. Some horses are phenomenal escape artists. I had Misty escape once, barreling up and down the road on front of our home, while people stopped and were waving their arms frantically at the scared mare. When Steve finally realized what was going on, only because someone finally knocked on the door, he went outdoors with a scoop of grain and was able to reel her in. I was at work. I carry an extra lead rope in my cars because I've seen it happen before. An Andalusian farm down the road has had escapees before that we've stopped for.
"An 1,800-pound Percheron draft horse is rescued after falling through an ice-covered pond in Johnson Creek. Lloyd Schultz is the public information officer for the Johnson Creek Fire and EMS Department. He says the seven-year-old horse, known as Katie, fell through the ice (yesterday) after apparently wandering out of its pen. He says volunteer firefighters chopped through the ice, but the pond's muddy shore prevented them from using trucks to help pull the horse out. However, about a dozen firefighters were able to get the horse out of the water by pulling ropes secured to its hind legs."When it came for her to come to the shore her head was sideways and her eyes were rolling back and we thought she wasn't going to make it," horse owner Connie Milbrath said. It took almost an hour for crews to rescue the horse, who was also pregnant.A vet was at the scene and hooked the horse up to an IV immediately after it was pulled from the water.Both the horse and unborn foal are doing well."
Posted by Callie at 7:56 AM