When a horse falls into an in-ground pool, the pressing question arises: How in the world do you rescue him?
While many horses are decent swimmers, you never want a horse to end up in an in-ground pool. A horse many be able to easily fall into a pool, but they usually can't figure out how to get out again. Imagine walking outside to find that your horse has fallen into your backyard pool - that's just what happened to this horse's owner, and this dramatic rescue was the result.
Luckily for this horse owner, the local fire department came to the horse's aid. It took tranquilizer, a sling, and some super-strong manpower, but the horse was hoisted to safety. It's quite the rescue - see for yourself.
Want to avoid ever needing such a dramatic rescue for your own horse? If you have a pool in your yard, then it's so important to put up a tall, easily visible fence. Make sure that the fence includes a gate which closes and locks securely, and choose a gate which is tall and solid looking enough so that a horse won't be tempted to jump over.
Don't forget to also make sure that your horse's paddock fencing is visible, strong, and secure. Frequently walk your paddocks to check for damaged or weakened fencing, and be sure to also check all of the gates and latches regularly. If you find damage, repair the fence or gate right away.
Finally, consider adding another line of fence around the perimeter of your backyard to act as a backup preventative measure in case your horse ever gets loose from his pasture or from the barn. Having this extra line of fencing can keep your horse from ever getting close to the pool, helping to keep him safely out of the water.
Have you ever witnessed a horse rescue? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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