Despite their massive stature, horses are typically very light on their feet. Yet when one 661-pound horse accidentally stepped into a mud pit, she quickly started sinking.
After heavy rain, the already muddy fields at the Mossburn Community Farm in Scotland became a minefield of mud pits, and unfortunately, one of the farm’s horses named Gypsy accidentally walked right into one and immediately started to sink.
By the time anyone noticed, the 661-pound horse had sunk so deep that her legs and parts of her chest were completely submerged. Gypsie’s owner called emergency services since there was no way she’d be able to get Gypsy out herself. “Firefighters consulted with a vet at the scene before moving to extract the heavy animal,” a spokesperson from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said.
The crews used an ice path – or sturdy inflatable walkway – to create a stable working platform as well as a metal winching device – or Tirfor – which is used to pull heavy objects in challenging conditions. Firefighters then used durable canvas strops to secure the horse, allowing it to be pulled 10 meters by the tractor to a place of safety.”
“It was clear the horse was cold and tired but it was placid and well behaved which assisted in this successful extraction,” said Colin Wallace, who oversaw the rescue. “We worked in close partnership with the vet and indeed were assisted by a local farmer to bring this to a safe conclusion.”
About four hours later, the rescue crew had finally pulled Gypsy to safety and amazingly unharmed after the traumatizing accident. “Gypsy is perfectly fine this morning and was only concerned with getting her tea when she was finally out, which by that point was very late,” Gypsy’s owner said while thanking the determined heroes.
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[Featured Image: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service]