Dra­matic horse res­cue for NSW teenager

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Front Page - Sa­man­tha Poate Sa­man­tha.Poate@north­ern­star.com.au

ONE teenager from Wood­en­bong had the fright of her life on the week­end when her horse be­came trapped in a hid­den pond.

Ella Robin­son and her two friends, Clancy and Ellie Gol­lan, were out on a trail ride when her horse Buzz be­came stuck in the wa­ter and mud.

“We hadn’t been on this track be­fore and we were walk­ing down it and we didn’t see the pond so we walked straight into it be­cause it looked like grass,” Ella said.

“I went un­der­neath Buzz par­tially and when he went to get up he stood on my shoul­ders to push off and got off me luck­ily and from there he was stuck and couldn’t get out.” The 15-year-old re­called feel­ing ter­ri­fied as she saw Buzz lay­ing down un­able to pull him­self out.

“It was the scari­est mo­ment of my life,” she said.

“I didn’t know if he was OK, I couldn’t see un­der­wa­ter so I didn’t know if he has any in­juries sus­tained in the fall.

“I’ve had Buzz for nearly three years now, so I care about him a lot. He is my first horse.”

Once Ella had pulled her­self out of the ditch she called to her friends to get help.

“I said to my friends ‘you need to go back, you need to can­ter back to the house, you need to get help’ and then they started trot­ting away and I was like ‘no, you need to go faster than that’,” she said.

Eight friends and fam­ily mem­bers turned up to help res­cue poor Buzz.

“He was in the wa­ter for about 50 min­utes, luck­ily he re­mained calm so he wasn’t thrash­ing about mak­ing him­self tired or any­thing, so he had a lot of strength to get out,” Ella said.

“We had eight men there all to­gether, we had one in the wa­ter mak­ing sure the ropes were in the right place then we had seven out pulling on a rope.” The team of eight had five at­tempts be­fore they freed young Buzz.

“The four times he kind of got on the bank but couldn’t quite get it, in the end he got his two front feet on the bank and the men just pulled him out, he’s 450kg so it was in­sane,” Miss Robin­son said.

Ella was ex­tremely thank­ful to every­one who came out to save Buzz.

“I am re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive for every­one who came and helped, it was such a re­lief when they all turned up,” she said.

“He was so tired by the end of it, the hard­est thing for him was he was cold so it made it harder for him to get out be­cause he was all stiff and sore.

“We had the vet come out and check him yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, he had a low tem­per­a­ture, a high heart rate, he was given a seda­tive to calm him down a bit and he has had a lot of elec­trolytes.

“Buzz and I are a bit bruised and bat­tered but that’s OK.”

PHOTO: ELLA ROBIN­SON

EQUINE RES­CUE: Fam­ily and friends worked to­gether to save young Ella Robin­son’s horse Buzz af­ter he got trapped in an em­bank­ment.

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