November 2016 Issue - page 4

Page 4
November 2016
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Days After Rescue from New Holland Auction, Clydesdale Rescued from Pond
he may have jumped out of the
pasture.” He said they called the
police and began searching the
property for Cyrus. “They looked
down at the pond,” he says, and
saw Cyrus. Spackman says that
horses do drink from the edges
of the pond, but there is a lot of
mud. Cyrus had apparently run
into the pond and gotten stuck.
“His foot created such suction, he
got himself so wedged in that soil
he couldn’t get his feet back out.”
Spackman said he was
astonished at the way so many
people worked in concert to save
the horse. “They had firefighters
and rescuers digging by hand in
the mud,” he says. “The amount
of thought and engineering that
went into this was incredible. There
were 75 rescuers there. There were
even ambulances, in case a rescuer
got hurt.” Rescuers had to build
a makeshift platform to stabilize
themselves so they could keep
Cyrus’ head above the water and
start wrapping a sling around the
horse. Once the sling was in place a
large crane would lift him to safety.
Rescuers Dug by Hand
to Free Cyrus
“We didn’t see it happen,”
Parker says about suggestions that
Cyrus ran into the pond to escape
from a barnyard bully. “Nobody
knows that for sure but we’ve
watched this particular horse chase
Cyrus and my horse, Ghost, into a
fence. He has a tendency to chase
horses around. He’s a big bully.”
She said that Cyrus, still new to the
farm and not familiar with the ter-
rain, made a wrong turn, probably
in the dark. It’s as simple as that.
The pond, she says, was actual-
ly more of a
swamp at the
time, because of
all the rain.
Rescuers
on the scene
estimated that
Cyrus was
more than 80
per cent sub-
merged in the
muck. While
the search for
Cyrus had be-
gun in earnest
early in the
morning, there
was no way of
knowing just
how long he
had been stuck.
Even though he was new
to the farm, Cyrus had become
close friends with Ghost, and their
friendship is another reminder of
how and why horses are such com-
pelling, interesting companions to
people. Parker says the two rescue
horses bonded almost immediately,
and became almost inseparable.
While rescuers were in the mud,
digging by hand to put some sort of
brace around Cyrus, veterinarians
had sedated the horse. It was a dif-
ficult operation, and took about five
hours. Cyrus had to remain calm.
With the sling finally secure, the
crane lifted Cyrus about 20 feet in the
air, and set him gently on dry ground.
Unsteady, shaking and traumatized
by his experience, this poor soul
clearly needed a friend.And that’s
when Ghost
arrived on the
scene. “When
he sawGhost
being led down
the hillside, he
perked right
up, and that
showed he was
alert and aware
of his surround-
ings,” Spack-
man says.
“It was very
heartwarming
to see that.”
Parker
says it was an
unforgettable
moment. “We
brought Ghost
over and he stood with him and it
was really beautiful.”
Go Fund Them, Please!
Cyrus spent a couple of days
at Unionville Equine Associates,
but was back on the farm and
ready to travel to his new, perma-
nent home in Zuni, Virginia. His
new owner, Pam Horswill, has set
up a GoFundMe page to help pay
for his medical expenses, and she
hopes that horse lovers and folks
who care about saving horses
from slaughter will contribute.
Here’s the link:
gofundme.com/2tn3m66k.
(Continued from page 1)
Though new to the farm, Cyrus forged
a strong and immediate bond with
Ghost, another rescue, who helped to
calm the Clydesdale after his ordeal.
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