HORSE RES­CUER

Miss­ing horse stuck in mud pulled to safety with crane

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Bannan pban­nan@dai­ly­lo­cal.com

THORN­BURY>> An 1,800-pound Cly­des­dale geld­ing horse be­came stuck in mud and fell to its side at Thorn­bury Farm Sta­bles Wed­nes­day.

Penny Parker, farm co­man­ager, said Cyrus went miss­ing from the field early Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Parker no­ti­fied po­lice to be on the look­out for the an­i­mal, which was owned by a per­son in Vir­ginia.

At about 10:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Parker found the horse in a low lying muddy area in the large pas­ture. She be­lieved it had been spooked by an­other horse sta­bled at the farm.

Crews from West Ch­ester Fire Depart­ment and the Ch­ester County Res­cue Task Force, in­clud­ing Fame, Long­wood, Wagontown and Lionville fire com­pa­nies, re­sponded as well as vet­eri­nar­i­ans from Unionville Equine As­so­ciates.

Dave Man­ning, co-man­ager at Thorn­bury Farms, said they pur­chased the 18-yearold horse from New Hol­land auctions a month ago. Af­ter a month in quar­an­tine, Cyrus was to be sent to its own­ers in Vir­ginia this week­end.

“He’s an older guy, a lit­tle un­der­weight,” Man­ning said. “The own­ers pur­chased him. Oth­er­wise, he would go to slaugh­ter.”

As tele­vi­sion he­li­copters flew over­head, two horses charged

As tele­vi­sion he­li­copters flew over­head, two horses charged res­cuers as they worked to free Cyrus. A sec­ond an­i­mal nearly be­came stuck as sta­ble crews worked to get the other horses away.

res­cuers as they worked to free Cyrus. A sec­ond an­i­mal nearly be­came stuck as sta­ble crews worked to get the other horses away.

Vets se­dated Cyrus as res­cue crews brought in wood, sheets and boards to work on as they slowly ma­neu­vered a har­ness un­der that an­i­mal. They used com­pressed air to break the mud grip on the an­i­mal

as they turned comea­longs, (chained sup­ported hand cranks) to pull the horse out of the mud.

Af­ter crews had the an­i­mal out of the mud, a crane from Bob’s Crane Ser­vices was brought in to lift the horse away to a safe area. Fire­fight­ers were aided by crews from the Ch­ester County An­i­mal Re­sponse Team.

“We’re pulling for him,” said Suzie Spack­man, who watched as crews worked for hours to free the an­i­mal. “It’s not good for a horse to be down like that.”

As of 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day, local fire crews re­ported that the horse was up and walk­ing around.

“We’re pulling for him.” — Suzie Spack­man

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

An 1,800-pound Cly­des­dale geld­ing horse be­came stuck in mud and fell to its side at Thorn­bury Farm Sta­bles Wed­nes­day.

Peo­ple watch as res­cue crews help a horse that was stuck in the mud at Thorn­bury Farm Sta­bles.

A Fame Fire Com­pany fire­fighter tries to keep ad­di­tional horses from run­ning into the swamp area where a Cly­des­dale was trapped in the mud.

Vet­eri­nar­i­ans treat a horse that was trapped in the mud at Thorn­bury Farm Sta­bles Wed­nes­day.

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