Fire crews rescue horse from frozen pond near Evergreen

Posted on: 3:07 pm, March 9, 2013, by , updated on: 03:09pm, March 9, 2013

Evergreen Fire Rescue - Assists in Horse Rescue From Pond on March 9 (Evergreen Fire Rescue)

Evergreen Fire Rescue assists in horse rescue from a frozen pond on March 9 (Evergreen Fire Rescue)

INDIAN HILLS, Colo. — Firefighters helped rescue a horse that fell through the ice on a small pond near Evergreen Saturday morning.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., Evergreen Fire Rescue responded to 4551 Parmalee Gulch Road to assist the Indian Hills Fire Department in saving a horse that was stuck in the middle of a small pond.

According to officials, only the horse’s head was visible when rescuers broke a path through the ice to reach the animal. The horse was 10 to 15 yards from the shore in water around four to five feet deep.

Once the horse was moved towards the shore, it became stuck in the mud, and firefighters had to place a rope around the animal to help pull the horse the rest of the way out.

“The horse appeared to be very tired, cold and was in distress,” said Lt. Stacee Montague with Evergreen Fire Rescue.

Once the horse was out of the pond, she was returned to her owner and a vet was called to examine the animal.

“There was quite a bit of urgency in getting the horse out of the pond due to the blizzard conditions, and not knowing how long the horse had been in the freezing cold water,” said Deputy Operations Chief Chris Johnson.

Johnson stressed that a large animal rescue always has challenges and safety concerns but it was a great team effort of all the personnel on scene.