The moment his owner saw her horse, it was clear that he was in serious trouble. Kathy Carpenter, owner of the horse she calls Nike, found her horse wedged between trees in what can only be called a bizarre accident. CBS broadcast the tenuous position Nike found himself in on Dec. 21. Nike is a very lucky horse indeed!
In fact, time was running out for Nike as he was struggling to breath. It became most probable that he would have to be put down.
Carpenter first found Nike upside down between two trees with his head stuck fast. He had to work for every breath. He had struggled to regain his feet but he was upside down and his struggles only secured him more firmly between the trees.
Several people had to think quickly if they were going to save Nike. Thinking about it makes it all the more improbable that Nike is alive and standing.
Apparently, Nike had laid down to rest and began to slip down the 63-foot hill. He kept slipping and was unable to regain his feet, hit a cluster of trees and that flung him around, upside down and somehow Nike became wedged. He was stuck in the “Y” portion made by two trees. His weight and the awkward position he found himself in were cutting of his circulation and his time was running out.
Nike was beginning to give up or perhaps shock was setting in. But the chainsaw came out in the nick of time. His rescuers finished the job with a handsaw, and Nike was able to roll onto his side and get up on his own. He let out a big whinny and the other horses whinnied back.
Carpenter calls it a Christmas miracle.
Nike was stuck for two hours and has some injuries from the ordeal, including trauma to his spinal cord and muscle tissue damage. He is on a regimen of steroids and antibiotics and Carpenter hopes he will not suffer any lasting nerve damage.
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