Horse rescued after falling in hole

November 23, 2016

Harrison Fire  personnel, Dr. Brenda from Doctor Pol’s office, neighbors and friends all   came to the Buggy Down Carriage Company to help rescue  Rex the draft horse after he fell through the cap of an old septic tank recently.

Harrison Fire personnel, Dr. Brenda from Doctor Pol’s office, neighbors and friends all came to the Buggy Down Carriage Company to help rescue Rex the draft horse after he fell through the cap of an old septic tank recently.

Thanks to the efforts of Harrison Fire Department, friends, neighbors and a Veterinarian, a draft horse named Rex at the Buggy Down Carriage Company on North Clare Avenue is alive and well.

While grazing in a pasture on the property, the 2,100 pound horse fell through the top of an old unknown septic tank, owner Tim Neal said.
He wrote in an email, “Our horse was in an upright position with his back feet tucked and sitting on his rear.”
He said he was buried up to his neck and surrounded by huge chunks of concrete.

The Harrison Fire Department arrived on the scene with their back hoe, as well as a neighbor with another backhoe.
Doctor Brenda from Doctor Pol’s office was also there for support, medical advice and help getting the frightened horse out of the old tank.
The resuce started around 3 p.m. when the horse was discovered. It took until 11 p.m. to get the horse out of the pit. “He seemed to have given up,” Neal said.“

Using the two backhoes, “We busted out the tank and dug a pathway thinking he (Rex) could get on his legs, flip around and walk out.” He continued, “But no. He had no energy and could get his legs under him.” Even apples, apples, feed and buckets of water didn’t give him the energy he needed to escape.
Neal said, “We decide to dig out an entire area to make a ramp and use straps to pull him up and the Fire Department used their air bags.”

He continued, “We pulled him (the horse Rex) up to flat ground and he came to life instantly. He popped up, gave a shake and has only minor scratches.”
Neal thanked everyone who came and helped to get Rex out of the hole. He said, “the fire department was amazing. Several firemen even came out the next morning to see him.

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