When an elderly horse got stuck in the mud, rescue crews knew they had to do everything possible to saves her.
25-year-old Kiersa fell into a muddy, watery hole, and didn’t have the strength to get herself out. Rescuers feared that the more time passed, the more she was at risk of simply giving up, and water would fill her lungs.
The rescuers tried everything from pulling and pushing her out but knew that heavier equipment was needed to get the job done. A vet was called, and she sedated the frantic horse.
Then, using padded straps, she was hoisted out of the water and gently placed on the ground. Now, they just had to how she would react after waking up.
A tense 30 minutes passed before Kiersa started moving — but the horse didn’t waste any time trying to get up! Her vitals were checked, and she seemed to be in good spirits. She didn’t even have any broken bones!
Kiersa’s family will be keeping a close eye on her after the mishap, constantly checking to see if her health changes in any way. So far, so good! They’re also looking into a way of preventing Kiersa from venturing back down to where she got stuck to avoid a tragedy.
Now scroll down to watch the heart-pounding rescuer in the clip below…
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Horses, like people, are enjoying longer lives and better health than their grandparents. An older horse can work well into its 20s if managed accordingly. Many competition horses and ponies continue to enjoy a productive career with younger riders. However, once a horse has to retire the responsibility for providing for it lies with its present keeper. Taking on an elderly horse is a sensible choice for younger or more novice rider. As the horse starts to age it is likely to show obvious signs of getting older by the grey hairs around the eyes, ears, forehead and muzzle. Adapting nutrition is the key factor in maintaining the health of the aged horse.