story updated at 2:05pm 1/24/2016
We’re pleased to report that “Kid” the 19-month-old quarter-horse that was rescued from an icy-cold pond in Saint Louis County, Saturday night, is doing well.
Matt Coppin , a Metro West firefighter who took part in the rescue, visited the colt on Sunday, “They’re still treating him with fluids and that, but he’s up standing, eating, and doing everything he should. He’s expected to make a full recovery.”
Coppin says it was a true team effort to get the horse out of the ice-covered water to shore, then react when the animal collapsed due to exhaustion, “We rolled him onto a nice big canvas tarp. It took about 15 firefighters to carry this one-thousand-pound horse up a snowy hill through the woods in the dark, and get him inside the warm barn where veterinarians were able to provide medical attention for him.”
Coppin tells KMOX Metro West firefighters had just practiced ice rescue techniques Saturday morning at a park pond in Ballwin, “It was all fresh in our minds. All that equipment we had just touched, just used hours before. That kind of instant recall was invaluable.”
our earlier story:
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Fire crews used hammers and chain saws to rescue a horse that fell through the ice into a St. Louis County pond, Saturday night.
Metro West Fire Department crews got the call around seven PM that a horse was trapped in freezing-cold water off Manchester Road near north Rock Hill Road.
They cut a channel through the ice to get to the horse, then carried it back to its barn to recover.
On the department’s Facebook page, firefighters say they had help from two local veterinarians and the Missouri Emergency Response Services team.
The horse’s owner posted this message on the page, “Thank you for saving my young colt from that frozen pond. You guys got there and got the job done incredibly fast. Without you he never would have made it.”
Firefighters say the horse is warm, fed, and feeling much better.
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