These Dramatic Horse Rescues Caught On Camera Are Unbelievable
It's heartwarming to see the lengths people will go to rescue a horse in trouble. We've put together some of the most heroic rescue missions we could find, sometimes life threatening, that are a testament to the relationship between human and horse. Read on to discover some of the most dramatic, dangerous, emotional and downright unbelievable horse rescues that have ever taken place.
Horse rescued from river just in time
A passer-by walking along a river spotted a horse’s head poking out of the water. The person contacted the local fire department immediately, who hurried to the scene and managed to get to the horse just in time. It was believed to have been in the water for at least a couple of hours, and would not have survived much longer.
An investigator for the RSPCA said the animal was so weakened, she had to hold the animals head up to keep it above water. The firefighters then got into the river and fitted it with a harness, and carefully hauled the horse to safety using a crane.
It is likely the only reason the horse survived was because it was in such good condition, with enough fat reserves to give her enough energy to keep going beyond what most others would be able to. It is unknown how the horse ended up in the river, but following her rescue and the appropriate checks, she returned to the comfort of her stable to recover.
Woman keeps horse alive for 3 hours until rescue
When Nicole Graham was out riding with her daughter, disaster struck when they started sinking into the mud. She was able to free her daughters horse, but her own horse Astro, who had been her companion for 18 years, was a lot heavier and kept sinking no matter how hard Nicole struggled.
She was able to keep Astro’s head above water and keep him calm as the tide started rising, while her daughter ran to get help. The rescue crew arrived, but their was still lots to do to free Astro. After three hours and with the help of a tractor from a neighbouring farmer, they were finally able to free him from the mud. He suffered no major injuries.
Wild horse rescued from creek
A wild filly fell into Trout Creek in The Okanagan, the raging waters threatening to carry her off. Luckily the accident was spotted by a passerby called Leona Hopman, who ran for help. The O.A.T.S Horse Rescue, local fire department and a group of bystanders all united to rescue the horse.
Using a Lasso, a large ramp made of plywood and a lot of effort, they were able to slide the horse out of the creek. The animal was named “River” and was placed in a foster home to recover.
Trapped horse airlifted from forest
A casual ride along the Pacific Crest Trail in Angeles National Forest turned disastrous when the trail crumbled from beneath the horses legs. Dakota, a Tennessee Walking gelding, fell 100 feet down the trail which is in a remote canyon.
(Rachael Ostrom Sachar)
Rescue crews and veterinarian Racheal Sachar were flown in by helicopter in an attempt to rescue the horse and rider. They had to repel 300 feet down to get to the horse. They found Dakota covered in blood with a fractured skull.
Amazingly they were able to get a harness onto the horse, and airlift him to safety. The video below captures the horse being flown out of the canyon and into the hands of rescue workers. It’s incredible how calm the horse stays as it flies through the air. The rider suffered minor injuries to her leg, and they both made a full recovery.
Photo shoot goes wrong, horse swims 2 miles out to sea
During a photo shoot in Southern California, one of the horses, a 7-year-old white Arabian got spooked and ran into the water. Somehow the horse, called “William”, swam two miles out to sea and was spotted swimming toward some oil rigs.
Firefighters were able to hook the animals reins with a boat hook and bring it alongside a paddle, and floats were put under its neck to keep its head above water. It took around 2 and a half hours to get the horse back on to dry land and to a vet. He was eventually taken to an animal clinic and returned to his owner.
Horse rescued from frozen lake
A horse trapped in an icy lake was rescued by members of Bedford County (Tenn.) Fire Department and Bedford County Tech Team. They were able to cut a path through the ice to reach the horse, and guide it to safety at the side of the lake. This video shows the rescuers risking their lives out on the ice in order to save the horse.
Wild Stallion rescues filly from drowning
It’s not only humans that risk their lives to save horses. This footage tells the story of a wild Stallion named Champ, of the Salt River, Arizona, and his effort to save a young filly from drowning.
Pony with broken neck miraculously becomes a mom
This is a truly amazing story. Bonnie was a neglected horse with a broken neck due to be put down. TomRo Haven adopted Bonnie to save her life. Not long after the rescue, the vet informed the rescuers that Bonnie was pregnant! Against all odds, Bonnie miraculously gave birth to a healthy foal. Watch the video for the whole story!
We hope these stories inspired you as much as they did us! For another horse rescue story, check out this Appaloosa that had to be rescued from a bathbub by the fire department. Don't forget to browse the horses for sale on HorseClicks.