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One For The Horse-tory Books: Horse Rescued After Falling Into 15-Foot Well

The horse was lucky to fall in backwards, or he might have drowned or broken his neck, rescuers say.

Firefighters in Washington State have rescued a horse that had been trapped at the bottom of a deep well.

The rescue took place on Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington, at around 9:15 a.m. on March 3.

“North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, Navy Region Northwest Fire and Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue responded to a technical rescue at 9:15 this morning involving a horse that fell into an abandoned well near SR 20 & Monkey Hill Road,” the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Department said in a post on social media.

Rescuers had to sedate the horse and secure it with straps to prepare it to be lifted out of the deep well. (North Whidbey Fire and Rescue/Zenger)
A neighbor assisted the rescue effort by providing an excavator to pull the horse out of the well. (North Whidbey Fire and Rescue/Zenger)

“With the help of Dr. Hanson and Kelly Short (Island County Roads), the rescue team was able to successfully rescue the horse,” officials said on social media. “The horse is doing well thanks to this extraordinary team effort.”

The 2,000-pound horse was saved by a team of rescue workers, veterinarians and local residents.

“My daughter came out to feed them this morning. We have five horses, and she only saw four,” the horse’s owner, Karl Lang, told Seattle news outlet King 5.

The horse, named Blaze, had broken through the barrier covering the abandoned well near Highway 20 and fallen some 15 feet down.

Rescuers had to enter the wellhead first to sedate the animal and secure him with straps before using a neighbor’s excavator to lift him to safety. He was then examined by vets, who administered an IV.

The horse was successfully extracted from the well with only minor injuries visible. His condition is being monitored to make sure he has no internal injuries. (North Whidbey Fire and Rescue/Zenger)
The horse Blaze came out of the well with a few scrapes but relatively unharmed. (North Whidbey Fire and Rescue/Zenger)

“I was happy to hear the horse was breathing and looking up — that was the main thing,” Lang told reporters. “If he had gone down any other way, he wouldn’t be alive. Luckily, he went down heinie first.”

Rescuers agreed, noting that if the horse had gone down head first, he could have broken his neck or drowned.

Once out of the well, at 12:25 p.m., Blaze was able to stand up within a few minutes.

The horse only suffered cuts and scrapes to its legs. Vets are continuing to monitor Blaze to make sure he does not have any internal injuries.

In another dazzling equine rescue on Nov. 26, a horse threw its rider and fell into a ravine in a remote area in California. The horse — a gelding named Sunny — remained stuck for two days, with his owner camping next to him to keep him calm. High winds in the area had delayed the rescue effort, but the horse was eventually airlifted to safety.

Edited by Siân Speakman and Kristen Butler

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