Pet owners will go to hell and back to ensure that their animals are safe and sound, just like a woman that clung to Astro her 17 year old horse for three long hours to save him from drowning.
As ocean tide came dangerously close Nicole Graham worked hard to keep her horse calm and above the deadly quagmire mud, the 900 lbs horse got stuck in the mud on an afternoon ride in Melbourne, Australia.
Paris, Nicholes daughter joined the mom on the ride and her horse got stuck as well, the mother managed to free the horse of Paris but couldn’t do the same with big ASTRO.
Astro got even more stuck due to the efforts to get him out, so Nicole tried to keep him calm until the help arrived.
Paris brought help and the horse was sedated while a harness was attached to him so a tractor could pull him out.
Nicole, who is the owner of 10 horses, said that to pull her horse out safely it took the rescue team 3 hours.
“It was terrifying. It was also heartbreaking to see my horse exhausted and struggling,” Nicole said, as per the Daily Mail citing The Geelong Advertiser.
She added: “I’ve been riding here for 20 years and never had a drama. I’ve never seen any signs and didn’t realize it was so boggy.”
Roger Buckle, the fire lieutenant that helped to pull the horse out to safety, described the mud there like “quicksand.”
Astro got out safe from the ordeal and suffered only dehydration and some muscle soreness.
“A lot of horses don’t make it and I think without the owner there the chance of survival would have been a lot lower,” said vet Stacey Sullivan.
We are so happy that the story has a happy ending.