Horse Rescued by Helicopter from Deep Snow in Idaho Mountains

Posted by Allie Layos
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All images via Facebook/RyanMiller.

Snowmobiles, helicopters, and numerous volunteers rescued this stranded horse in the remote Idaho mountains. 

All seemed lost for a horse stranded on a remote mountain in Valley County, Idaho until a group of volunteers banded together and rescued him by helicopter.

The brown horse was spotted several weeks ago near Boulder Lake, in the company of a white horse. Volunteers began taking hay and water to the horses to keep them alive until they could be rescued, but since the area was only accessible by snowmobile on the ground, it complicated rescue efforts.

Ryan Miller with horse in background

It was finally decided to rescue the horses by helicopter -- an effort made possible by donations.

The operation, led by Idaho Horse Rescue and the local sheriff's office, was able to successfully save the brown horse. One of the rescuers, Ryan Miller, posted a Facebook video showing the helicopter rescue.

"We never would have gotten the horse out of there," said Robert Bruno, President of Idaho Horse Rescue. "Without those guys, that horse would be dead in a few days I suppose."

The horse was carried off the mountain in a sling, attached to the helicopter by rope.

"You get pretty excited and nervous at the same time," said Bruno. "You get your adrenaline going and everyone gets all excited and choked up and so forth."

For now, Idaho Horse Rescue will take care of the horse. Once fully recovered, Alex Owen Horsemanship will work to train him. It was truly the horse's lucky day.

"He's in poor condition, he definitely wouldn't have lasted another week or even a few days." Bruno said. "We pulled a rabbit out of our hats on this one. It was a miracle."

brown horse in snow

Sadly, the white horse disappeared before the rescue operation, and has not been seen for several days.

"Unfortunately, there is no sign of the white horse," the Valley County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Monday night.

"We don't know much," Bruno said. "They stuck together for a long time, for a year, and we suspect it's dead because they wouldn't separate for some unknown reason. They would stick together."

But even with this potentially sad news, there is still much to celebrate.

"It's a good day," Bruno said. "It's why we do this, so we can save these guys."

What do you think about this rescue operation? Let us know in the comments below!

All images via Facebook/RyanMiller.

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