Rescuers free two horses that got stuck in mud in Connecticut


LEBANON, Conn. (AP) — Two horses stuck deep in mud for hours in Connecticut were pulled out by more than a dozen rescuers Saturday. They emerged messy and tired, but safe.

A trio of horses was making their way from a pasture to a stable through swampy woods in Lebanon, Connecticut, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Hartford, when they got stuck in the mud. According to a Facebook post from Stirrup Fun Stables Rescue, Inc., workers managed to get a horse out, but suction trapped the two.

“The more you try to get out – and you can't – the deeper you get in,” Jay Schall, chief of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department, said Sunday. “And that's basically what happened to two of them. They were just stuck.”

Firefighters who responded to the call Saturday afternoon found the horses lying partially on their sides with their legs buried in the mud, Schall said.

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Dozens of rescuers worked to clear a path and position sleighs under the horses so they could be pulled out. On Saturday evening the horses were free.

“Both horses were warmed up enough to stand, and we are pleased to report that both stood up without any problems and happily ate fresh hay,” the fire department posted on Facebook.

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