Horse Rescue

The springlike warm weather has given way to a major winter storm and with it a renewal of interesting calls at Vail Fire. One in particular involved a slippery Interstate 70, the jaws of life and a horse…

It was about 10:30 in the morning when the call came in of a motor vehicle crash on the interstate involving an occupied horse trailer that had reportedly rolled over. As one who often feels more empathy for animals than people, I was immediately concerned and fearful of the worst. The horse had recently been sold to a Mexican Ranch and was in transit from its previous stalls in Rifle, Colorado. Presumably anxious to get through the rapidly declining temperatures of the suddenly hard hitting snow storm and into the more relaxed climate of its new Mexican home, the poor horse’s heart must have sank as it found itself struggling to determine up form down while the tiny, once cozy trailer flipped backwards finally coming to rest pointed straight up towards the mockingly cloudy sky. I peered in to find an obviously shaken and upset animal. As I continued to scan the horse for what I was sure would be a fatal leg injury, it became apparent that somehow this lucky fella had manged to come out relatively unscathed. A happy ending? After a very deliberate and careful extrication using hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of the trailer, the horse quietly exited through the make shift opening, stood proud and tall with a look of confusion that seemed to beg as to what the fuss was all about? Truly one of the best patients I have ever dealt with…

For more on the rescue visit the article in the Vail Daily.


3 thoughts on “Horse Rescue

  1. Oh, I’m so glad that the horse was O.K. I too seem to be more sympathetic towards animals, they look toward us for protection, and I’m so glad you were able to help him/her? get out safely.
    I have read back on some of your posts y’all have a beautiful family! Best wishes for the newest member to come soon! There’s nothing like a little girl, we have two, she will have you wrapped around her little finger in no time!

  2. I’m completely with you on the feeling the compassion for animals sometimes more than people! Glad you were able to help the horse and all is well! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Bless you and your beautiful wife and children. So neat that you have built such a lovely family together!

    In regards to the poor horse, it’s unfortunate, but surviving the accident is only the beginning of his suffering as he heads below the border where his life will no doubt be work, strife, and misery ending at a glue factory or worse.

    How sad that his people cared so little for him to sell him and send him with people who have now already shown their lack of judgement and ability to care for the animal and he’s just on the trip portion of his journey!

    Unfortunate that the almighty, or should I say weakened and almost worthless, dollar needed by the sellers of this horse has doomed this dear animal to a horrible journey on his way to suffering and hell the rest of his days.

    Bless you for caring about horses, so then you probably know of what awaits, the poor sweet creature, south of the border where animals are consistently treated harshly and neglectfully, if not more often than not, abused.

    Peace, love and no more suffering in the world! It’s nice to read about you and your family making a difference for goodness, kindness and caring.

    Namaste (The God within me salutes the God within you).

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