A daring rescue came about around 11:30am in MO yesterday when two horses fell through the ice on a lake and had to be rescued by firefighters. See the daring video here.
The firefighters had only just learned how to use their new protective suits for ice rescues two days early. They had planned to rescue humans, but found themselves "breaking in" their suits on two horses, named Meadow and Zhina, a palomino Paint and a chestnut, both born , raised and owned by Tina Churchill.
Their owner Tina Churchill had trouble watching the ordeal. She said, “It was gut wrenching. I was horrified. It was a piece of my heart when you raise these babies. We bred the mares. I saw them born.”
It took an hour to get the two horses out of the frigid waters, as they cut a path into the ice with chainsaws, allowing the horses to swim back to shore. Fire Chief Michael Owenby said, “They were struggling. They were having a difficult time. We knew we needed to get them out as quick as possible.”
Meadow and Zhina are both therapy horses who aid young people with mental health issues. The horses came out of the incident with only a few cuts on their legs.
This happened one week after three yearlings in Leavenworth, KS fell through the ice and perished. EERU teams said they hope horse owners can properly fence off ponds or use heated waterers to avoid these types of incidents.