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Rescuers hold horse’s head above water in Florida pond

Rescuers prepare for the rescue of the stricken Florida horse. Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office

Rescuers prepare for the rescue of the stricken Florida horse. © Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Rescuers had to hold an exhausted horse’s head above water in a muddy pond as authorities mounted a successful rescue effort.

The horse was said to be recuperating after Tuesday’s ordeal in a muddy pond.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the horse had been in a perilous predicament.

The office’s Agricultural Crimes Unit was called to 6691 Patsy Drive, where it was immediately apparent the horse needed urgent help.

The exhausted horse was still able to walk clear, once freed from the mud. Photo: Lee County Sheriff's Office

The exhausted horse was still able to walk clear, once freed from the mud. © Lee County Sheriff’s Office

A Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Team was quickly assembled, consisting of several Lee and Collier County Sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies said the horse was stuck in a muddy pond about eight feet down an embankment.

“The horse had exhausted itself, was unable to stand, and needed assistance just to keep its head above the cold, muddy water,” officers said in a statement.

“By utilizing the rescue glide and other rescue equipment, the team was able to pull the horse to dry ground where it eventually walked away under its own power.

“The horse was given an optimistic prognosis from the on scene veterinarian.”

Police thanked to Van Roekel & Associates Veterinarians and the Tice Fire Department, which also assisted in the rescue.

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