Draft Horse Trapped In Thick Mud Is Saved By Texas First Responders

Rescuing the horse is really difficult, requiring everyone to join hands to help

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Early on Sunday morning, Denton County Emergency Services District #1 and Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department responded right away to the need for assistance. When firefighters and rescuers got to a stock pond in Copper Canyon, they discovered Bella, a draft horse, trapped on the bank in muck up to her belly.

Belgian draft horses can weigh up to 1000 kg, so in order to remove Bella from the mud using straps, rescuers had to clean the muck from around her.

Denton County Emergency Services District #1 said on Facebook, “Firefighters dug through the mud and created space underneath the horse to fit ropes to help get the animal out.”

They dug with spades, shovels, and their hands to remove the mud. One firefighter even waded through a foot of heavy muck to assist. All of their efforts paid off, and with the aid of a tractor, they could free Bella from the muck.

Fortunately, a vet was on hand to keep an eye on Bella and administer IV fluids, food, and drink. She was seen napping peacefully in a Facebook post, and she will keep getting observed.

All parties engaged are heroes, and one supporter remarked, “You never rest. Bless you!” In response, the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department said, “We love helping our immediate (Double Oak) and surrounding communities. Plus, what better way to spend a Sunday morning than hugging a muddy horse!?”

“The poor horse must of been so exhausted. I love the canopy and hay table. Thank you to all that helped Bella,” another person remarked.

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