Wild Horse Rescue Includes Okanagan Volunteers, Firefighters

Volunteers, firefighters and RCMP worked tirelessly to rescue a wild horse who was stuck in a fast-moving creek in B.C.'s Okanagan.

A woman out for a walk on Saturday morning spotted the filly lying in Summerland's Trout Creek, with her head bobbing up and down in the raging water, reported She called the O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue, which posted photos and details of what unfolded on its Facebook page.

Theresa Nolet uploaded video of the rescue on YouTube.

At one point, rescuers were able to put a noose around the six-month-old animal's head, but the scared horse got free. Nolet told CBC News that the horse had been in the icy water for several hours.

Firefighters, secured with ropes around their waists, were eventually able to lasso the filly. They then slid the exhausted horse onto a sheet of plywood and pulled that onto land.

The shivering animal, who was in shock and hypothermic, laid on her side as firefighters used towels to dry her off, reported CTV News.

Named "River," the horse is recovering from superficial injuries in foster care, according to O.A.T.S.' Facebook page.


Responses to "WATCH: Exhausted Wild Horse Rescued (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    How great everyone was to help River. She knew they didn't want to hurt her, I'm sure she's thankful to all who had a part of her rescue. Thank you everyone, this was a touching video.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why that woman is there is beyond me. She was totally useless and looked like she only wanted in the film. She couldn't lasso, put the halter on OVER the neck rope and finally just held the end of the rope that the fire fighter was using to pull River along. I know she was with the rescue people but really, get out of the way and let them get on with it. Otherwise, it was a perfect example of humans coming to the rescue. Well done.

  3. pilvikki says:

    why you need to criticize is beyond me... she knew something about horses even if not very coordinated. yes, there's always somebody to find fault...

    so glad it turned out ok and what a great job! one happy filly somewhere now thanks to these good people. ♥

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