A dramatic rescue saves a six-year-old horse that had fallen into an ice-covered pond. The horse, named Pencil, spent hours in the frigid water with its hooves stuck in the pond's muddy bottom - not able to move.
For at least four hours today, Pencil the walking horse was up to his neck in a frozen pond. His owner ran a snow plow all night. When he came home around 10, Pencil didn't come to the barn with the other horses. He went looking for him.
"I just walked over by them cat tails and there he was in there with his head stickin' up out of the water."
Northern Kentucky's Technical Rescue team was dispatched to the farm on Route 8. Firefighters kept Pencil calm and hatched a plan. They've trained for this but not under these conditions. "As you can see here we're on the side of a hill. There are 10-11 inches of snow on the ground. It's hard to get to."
The team geared up in ice suits and hauled in equipment. A backhoe couldn't make it to the pond so about 10 manpower did what one horsepower couldn't do.
"1-2-3.." Pencil slid out of the hole and up to the bank. Ice had formed on his back legs. But in about a minute he was up and walking. Volunteers from the Large Animal Rescue Team wrapped him in blankets. He was ready to eat.
He looks like he's in pretty good shape. A vet is on the way. She's going to give him some warm fluids and it's a very good sign that he's eating.
Pencil is a six-year-old walking horse. His owner has known him all his life. "He was raised down here at this other farm house. I bought him when he was a colt. I was there when he was born, when he came out of his mother's womb. So we're kinda like buddies."
Pencil had a lot of buddies to thank today... well-trained buddies who know how to lead a horse *out of* water.
The Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team is made up of firefighters from Erlanger, Union, Alexandria, Point Pleasant, Covington and Hebron. Meanwhile, a veterinarian will keep a close eye on the horse to make sure there are no lingering effects from his fall into the water.
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