The last thing Deborah Hopkins expected to see when she woke up yesterday morning was hr quarter horse floundering in her backyard (covered) pool. But her clear thinking, along with plenty of muscle saved the 2-year old dubbed “Q” (short for Quartermoon) before any real damage was done.
Hopkins, a Veterinarian who treats small animals at the Meadowbrook Animal Hospital in Freeport on Long Island, came up with the idea of building a 3-foot platform of hay, which was then covered with plywood supplied by a neighbor, along with rubber strips, so that Q would have something she could step on closer to the edge of the pool. Then, with the help of a team of Suffolk County emergency service officers, a strong strap was placed around the hindquarters of the horse which they used to help pull her up and out.
Although there was some swelling in her right hind leg, Q, luckily did not break it and is expected to make a full recovery.
Just how she got out of her barn and ended up in the pool is still a mystery, also Hopkins thinks that the horse may have been frightened by a deer and decided to jump the fence.