Huge horse rescued after getting stuck in mud at East Palestine farm
A horse has been rescued after getting stuck in mud Monday morning at an East Palestine farm.
Reba the 17-year-old and 2,000 pound draft horse was stuck in mud on a sharp incline when her owners realized she needed help.
"She basically was uphill in mud, couldn't get her footing," Traci Meek, owner of Buck Berry Farms said. "She was down well over two hours when I got the call."
Meek says they tried to assist but could not get her up. She called East Palestine Police and Fire for help. The Beaver County Technical Farm Rescue Team was called in soon after. The rescue team is comprised of 50 members from three volunteer fire departments in Beaver County including Potter Township, Daugherty Township and Big Knob.
"We could have never got her up by ourselves," Meek said.
Rescue crews said Reba's legs were trapped and she struggled to breathe while caught in the mud.
"They can't be laying downhill like she was because it's so hard for them to breathe," Meek said.
The rescue team had to turn Reba on her side to have any chance at getting her out safely. They put a harness around Reba and tried lifting her with heavy machinery. It took the large team of first responders two tries before they successfully rescued a harness-strapped Reba from the mud.
"It worked well together, we were glad we had a valuable resource to use," said Keith Drabick, the East Palestine Fire Chief.
"The horse looked in remarkably good shape for the time it was down in there and it was in good shape to begin with, that helps out a lot and getting it up on its feet and getting it walking around quickly, that is the main thing you have to do in these cases and that is what we were able to do," said Jim Gabel, Assistant Chief for the Potter Township Fire Department.
Meek says she's grateful for all the help.
"Like any of our other animals around here she is like family so I am very happy that we were able to get up, so far everything looks good," Meek said. "The vet will probably come out later in the day to check her over but we have her in a stall now so everything should hopefully be ok. She's eating, so that's a goods sign. It really was a community effort to get her back up."