ALOHA, Ore. – Firefighters rescued a Clydesdale that got stuck in a large mud pit in Aloha.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue says the 1,800-pound horse named Windsor was found on his side Wednesday, trapped in a couple feet of mud. Windsor was hypothermic due to the sub-freezing temperature, unable to gather the strength needed to get out.
Firefighters pulled Windsor from the pit using a system of pulleys and ropes. Heating equipment was brought in to help warm the horse while two veterinarians tended to his medical needs.
After about 45 minutes, Windsor’s temperature returned to near normal. With some assistance, he was able to get back on his feet. Firefighters say he’s doing well and should fully recover.
Windsor is part of a Clydesdale team that pulls the Forest Grove Fire Department’s old steam engine in the city’s annual parade.
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