Mar 12, 2010 8:06 PM by Bea Karnes, Andy Koen
Firefighters have saved a horse who got stuck in the mud for more than 5 hours at a ranch in Hanover Friday.
Sky, a 2,100 pound Suffolk Punch draft horse, was stuck up to its neck in mud formed by a thawing holding pond on the property.
Chief Carl Tatum with the Hanover Fire Protection District says the mud was like a gooey glue, sucking in the horse.
Tatum and crew members from the Hanover and Fountain fire departments used a harness made of firehoses and a heavy duty tow-truck to pull Sky to safety.
He was hungry, dirty and a little dehydrated, but is otherwise in good health once the ordeal ended.
Owner Carl Evans says he was concerned at first that Sky may have been injured during the rescue, but was relieved to hear that he came out of it safely.
Sky and his half brother Sage are a popular pair in the Hanover area, regularly making appearances at parades and local elementary schools.
The rescue took place along Old Pueblo Road, about four miles south of Fountain.