By The Canadian Press on January 11, 2017.
RIMBEY, Alta. – It took three hours of intense effort before rescuers were able to save a horse that had broken through ice in central Alberta earlier this week.
Cody Scott found the female Clydesdale stuck in Lloyd Creek near Rimbey on Monday.
He says he recognized the horse as belonging to one of his neighbours, so he asked some friends to help pull her out with a rope.
That didn’t work, so they tried using a snowmobile, but the machine didn’t have enough power to haul the animal out.
She did manage to get one leg out on solid ground, though.
RCMP and firefighters joined the effort and, finally, with time running out, the rescuers succeeded in freeing the horse.
“She kept on sinking deeper and deeper … it was a fight with time,” Scott told CTV in a telephone interview.
He said he grew up on a farm and has been involved in the chuckwagon community, so he couldn’t stand by and let the animal die.
He said he was impressed with her will to live.
“It was fairly, ridiculously cold and, to be honest, I don’t know how the horse made it. Two or three hours we were there fighting with it.”
The horse was taken to a veterinarian to be checked out.
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