Two horses rescued after getting trapped in frigid swimming pool
Chester Gray, 80, of Fowler Road said he was on his way out Wednesday around 11 a.m. to run errands when he saw the two horses bounding down a hill in neighboring Springfield, towards his property.
He didn’t think much of it, thinking the two horses were grazing in a field past the stone wall.
“I was packing my truck to go to the transfer station with my trash and to go to the library,” Gray said. “When these two horses came running down the road, down the mountain at full speed, over a stone wall and into a field. I knew whose horses they were and I figured they would be okay cause it’s an open field.”
“I went and looked out my back windows and saw these two horse heads ... sticking out of the holes in the tarp,” he said.
The horses were in the nine-foot deep end of his large pool, which was full of frigid water.
The first thing firefighters did was pump water out of the pool so the horses could at least stand. Then, when they couldn’t get the horses out of the tangled pool cover, which had already been ripped up by the horse hooves, the cover was cut so the horses could be helped out of the pool.
“I saw two horses that were trapped in the pool. They were shivering and trapped in the deep end. I think the pool cover was the only thing holding them up,” he said.
Then the head of the white Arabian horse went under the tarp, and firefighters decided to cut away the tarp to save the horses.
Towards the end, the horses’ owner showed up.
“The owner was frantic and terrified,” Gray said. “It was a scary thing because at first I didn’t think they would make it. I thought they would sink under the water and drown.”
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