Firefighters rescue horse from well in Boulder County

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LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- Firefighters and animal control officers were able to rescue a horse who fell into a deep well Monday morning.

The horse, Rocket, belongs to Brandi Upshaw, who called the Boulder County Sheriff's Office after Rocket fell into the 10-by-20 foot well around 7:30 a.m. at her ranch just west of U.S. 287 on Empire Road in Lafayette.

“I didn’t hear all the commotion in the back yard,” said Upshaw. “When I looked out all I could see was my horse, Rocket, trying to look out of the water as rescue crews were trying to save him.”

"Rocket was submerged up to his head in water," said Sheriff's spokeswoman Heidi Prentup.

Brady tied a rope around Rocket's neck to keep his head above the water until rescuers arrived, Prentup said.

A veterinarian sedated Rocket while workers from the Louisville, Lafayette, and North Metro Fire Departments pumped the water out of the well. Ground Exploration, the company who maintains the well, was able to bring in a hoist and pull Rocket out.

“We just thought upside down would be easiest on him for the condition he was in,” said JD Conway, the county vet on call. “He suffered lots of cuts and scrapes on his lower legs and under his shoulders, his eyes cut up like a heavy weight fighter. So, we’re washing him off, covering his cuts and from what we can tell there is no ligament damage…he should be fine in six weeks or so.”

The horse was not seriously injured, Prentup said and after being warmed with blankets and a heated IV, he "got up and was able to walk into a barn."

Upshaw has set up a bank account at Chase Bank and Facebook page for Rocket. The Facebook page will help folks keep an eye on the recovery process of the horse. The rescue process cost quite a bit, which is why Upshaw is in need of a bit of help.

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  • Boulder native

    “I didn’t hear all the commotion in the back yard,” said Upshaw. “When I looked out all I could see was my horse, Rocket, trying to look out of the water as rescue crews were trying to save him.”
    “Brady tied a rope around Rocket’s neck to keep his head above the water until rescuers arrived, Prentup said.” I’m confussed by these two comments.

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