It’s that time of year again when stories of our beloved ponies and ponies falling through the ice hit the headlines again. For one lucky horse in Clayton, Wisconsin, its human rescuers devised a clever plan to keep it alive and healthy after its ordeal.
Post on it Facebook page, Clayton Town Fire Brigade showed its ingenuity during the rescue.
According to its owner, Melinda Bosmans, a 13-year-old boy named Chief was one of six horses that jumped out of the blanket. The horse fell through the ice of a pond and although it eventually managed to get out and was brought back to the barn by stable staff, it was freezing cold and wet, which can quickly lead to hypothermia hazardous. The quick-thinking fire brigade arrived and got into action with a novel plan.
“Over the weekend we were called to report an ice horse. Thanks to the quick action of facility staff, the horse was safely in the stable by the time CFR arrived on the scene. We were able to use the heater we carried on the Engine 143 to blow some warm air under the horse’s blanket, helping to dry and warm it. The original purpose of that heater/fan was to provide warm air to patients during prolonged vehicle crashes in cold weather, and to provide fresh air during calls in confined spaces. When we bought it, the “horse kettle” was not on the list of things we thought it would be used for, but it works great! ”
The pictures really say it all – a horse loved and cared for by everyone who made sure it made a full recovery.