It took many
hands, some creative thinking and a great deal of effort to rescue a 500
kilogram horse that had become mired in a boggy dam on Victoria Road, Kenwick
earlier this month.
Zed, had wandered over a recently fallen down fence and made his way over to
the dam where he then became stuck up to his neck in the clay-like soil.
trapped animal was reported, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services
assembled a diverse team to undertake the rescue, including Fire and Rescue
Service firefighters from the Perth and Maddington Stations, State Emergency
Service (SES) Mounted Section volunteers, and an Urban Search and Rescue
Officer. Local rangers and neighbours were also keen to pitch in and help.
District Officer Mel Cooper said it was a great team effort in tackling an
Maddington crew arrived the horse was exhausted and in shock,” Mel said.
from the WA Horse Council provided the Maddington crew with some technical
advice over the phone and we also called on a vet to assess the horse before we
tried to free it.
determined the best way to go about things firefighters dug around the horse
and used water to loosen the mud.
“We then used
hoses and long lines to make slings around it and we used a sideways drag
technique similar to the Hampshire Skid technique developed in the UK, to
manually haul the horse sideways out of the mud.
the horse clear of the muddy area as far as practicable, and used another
rescue technique involving the hoses in order to flip it over which assisted it
to its feet.”
effort took around two hours to successfully free the horse.
the rescue to the skills and knowledge of those involved, as well as everyone’s
willingness to muck in and put their back into it.
Mounted Section volunteers have a wealth of horse knowledge and those who
attended had recently completed the WA Horse Council large animal rescue training
– their skills were put to good use with this rescue.”
A day after the
incident Zed was faring well and was being monitored for any potential health