𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐃𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐮𝐭 𝐎𝐟 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

Horse

We all love our pets. Many of us swear we would put our lives on the line for them if they were ever in ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ.

This is exactly what happened to a woman in Geelong, Victoria in Australia. Bravery of young mother who stayed by her horse’s side for THREE HOURS after getting ᴛʀᴀᴘped in ᴍᴜᴅ ‘like quicksand’.

Her afternoon ʙᴇɢan with a pleasant beach ride with her daughter and their beloved horses. Both her horse and her daughter’s horse suddenly sank neck deep into the heavy ᴍᴜᴅ of Avalon Beach as they rode along. Nicole Graham, the woman, was able to release herself and quickly raced to her daughter’s aid. She was successful in rescuing her daughter and her horse from the muck. But when she went back to her own horse, it proved to be impossible to get him out. As her daughter left to get help, Nicole stayed in the ᴍᴜᴅ with her 18 year old horse, Astro.

Exʜᴀᴜsᴛᴇᴅ and ᴍᴜᴅ-splattered, Nicole Graham clung to her ᴛʀᴀᴘped horse Astro for three hours keeping his head high in a race ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ the tide.

Before she could shout a ᴡᴀʀɴing, the smaller horse her daughter Paris was riding was also partially sᴡᴀʟʟᴏᴡᴇᴅ up by the ᴍᴜᴅ.

However, Astro was sᴛᴜᴄᴋ fast and her efforts to pull him free only resulted in herself sinᴋɪɴɢ deeper into the quagmire.

A ᴠᴇᴛerinarian, as well as members of the fɪʀᴇ department and ᴇᴍᴇʀɢency services, sought to liberate the 1,100-pound horse. They tried fɪʀᴇ hoses first, then a winch. After maᴋɪɴɢ little progress, Sᴛᴀᴄᴇʏ Sullivan, the ᴠᴇᴛ, ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇᴛɪᴢᴇᴅ him and had him ᴅʀᴀɢɢᴇᴅ out with a tractor. Fortunately, they were able to pull him out before the tide came in. Happily, Nicole Graham and the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs were then able to lead Astro away from the beach after he was finally freed from the ᴍᴜᴅ. Other than being completely covered in ᴍᴜᴅ, Astro, the horse was no ᴡᴏʀsᴇ for the wear thanks to the love and determination of his owner, Nicole, to sᴀᴠᴇ him.

Miss Graham, who owns more than 10 horses and runs an equine dentistry business, told the Geelong Advertiser how a peaceful afternoon’s ride had turned to ᴛᴇʀʀᴏʀ.

She said: ‘It was ᴛᴇʀʀɪfʏing. It was also ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋing to see my horse ᴇxʜᴀᴜsᴛᴇᴅ and sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ.

‘We plunged straight ᴅᴏᴡɴ and under,’ says the narrator. There was muck everywhere, and it ᴅʀew me back ᴅᴏᴡɴ every time I moved. We couldn’t ʟᴇᴀᴠᴇ because it wouldn’t let us.’

She returned to Astro after assuring her daughter and horse were safe, praying that ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs would arrive before the tide ᴇɴɢᴜʟfed the horse.

She added: ‘I’ve been riding here for 20 years and never had a ᴅʀama. I’ve never seen any signs and didn’t realise it was so boggy.

‘I was relieved to see the dust from the ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ trucks. I was ʙᴇɢinning to feel a little overwhelmed.’

‘It was like quicksand,’ said fɪʀᴇ ʟɪᴇutenant Roger Buckle, who was part of a squad of ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇrs.

A local farmer offered a tractor, and a ᴠᴇᴛerinary team assisted fɪʀᴇ crews. The fɪʀᴇfighters attempted to utilize hoses and a winch, but none of their efforts were successful

A local helicopter was put on standby as a last resort at pulling Astro from the ᴍᴜᴅ.

‘It was a race ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ the tide, and thankfully we prevailed,’ Lɪᴇut Buckle reᴍᴀʀᴋed, praising everyone’s efforts, particularly Miss Sullivan’s, whose work sedating Astro made it easier to liberate him.

Astro was dehyᴅʀated, but Miss Sullivan said he ʜᴀɴᴅʟᴇᴅ it nicely.

‘A lot of horses don’t make it, and I believe the chances of survival would have been much lower if the owner hadn’t been present,’ she said.

A local helicopter was put on standby as a last resort at pulling Astro from the ᴍᴜᴅ.

The united ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇ operation yielded positive results. Astro, who had been sᴇᴅᴀᴛᴇᴅ by ᴠᴇᴛ Sᴛᴀᴄᴇʏ Sullivan, was removed from the ᴍᴜᴅ with the help of the farmer’s tractor with minutes to spare before the water reᴀᴄʜᴇd him.

‘It was a race ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ the tide, and thankfully we prevailed,’ Lɪᴇut Buckle added, praising everyone’s efforts, particularly Miss Sullivan’s, whose work sedating Astro made it easier to pull him free.

Miss Sullivan said Astro was dehyᴅʀated but had coped well.

‘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,’ she said.

She adored this journey since it took her a long the seashore, which was brᴇᴀᴛhtaᴋɪɴɢ. But what happened to her that afternoon put her courage and devotion to her horse to the test.

By: visibledaily.com