Firefighters Rescue 2,400-lb Draft Horse from Hole

A 2,400-lb draft horse named Sylvia is recovering after firefighters in Estacada, Ore., rescued her from a 15-foot-deep hole on Monday night, The Oregonian reported.

The firefighters used a tractor to pull the 18-year-old mare from the crevasse that appeared when an earthen dam gave way under her. Kelleyerin Clabaugh, DVM, a veterinarian with Columbia Equine Hospital, assisted in the effort.

Sylvia's owner Vicki McDade threw hay into the hole to distract the mare while Clabaugh administered a sedative. The firefighters then used straps and a tractor to extract her from the hole.

"When they were pulling her out, she was still trying to eat the hay," McDade told the paper.

Sylvia seems no worse for wear, with a swollen eye and a few scrapes the only souvenirs of her subterranean adventure.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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