Win Whinny Situation: Horse Hoisted From Ravine

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 5:57 PM EDT
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Horse Rescued in San Dimas

Things finally turned around for this upside-down horse once it was pulled from a ravine in San Dimas.

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Ninety minutes of kicking, thrashing and whinnying didn't discourage rescuers Monday in San Dimas.

A horse that fell down a ravine and landed on its back was rescued by a county fire rescue team Monday. Some heavy equipment was brought in to finish the job.

The horse and its rider fell into a ravine near Sycamore Canyon Road and San Dimas Canyon Road in San Dimas about 4 p.m., said Inspector Frederic Stowers of the county fire department.

Stowers said the rider was trapped for a while, but a horse shoe specialist cut away some tackle from the horse. That allowed the rider, who suffered minor injuries, to escape the narrow ravine.

About 45 members of an urban search and rescue team arrived and, using a large heavy lift tow truck, were able to lift the horse out of the ravine, Stowers said.

"It took about 2 1/2 hours to pull him out," he said.

The horse was upside-down when it was hoisted from the ravine. Rescuers turned the horse around and, after a few unsteady steps, the animal walked on its own.

A veterinarian at the scene said the horse suffered only minor injuries.
 

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