Large animal rescue team helps a horse stuck in a window


A horse in Ventura County, California, got himself into some trouble last week when he made a valient—but poorly planned—escape from his stall.

According to a tweet from the Ventura County Fire Department, the horse’s companions were turned out and he wanted to join them. So, like a grounded teenager in a tropey sitcom, he attempted to sneak out the window.

It didn’t go well.


The horse was able to get his front end, including both front legs, out the window. But he wasn’t able to clear the stall wall with his back half. While he wasn’t injured from his attempt, he was stuck with the wall digging into his abdomen, a situation that could have ultimately caused injury, and was most certainly uncomfortable.

Fortunately, Ventura County’s Fire Department has a large animal rescue team trained to handle the kinds of improbable situations that horses occasionally get themselves into.


The rescue team freed the horse and reported that he was walking normally after the ordeal. A veterinarian was called to the scene to examine the horse and ensure that he was unhurt.

In the video below, watch how firefighters from Ventura County train for large animal rescue.


Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Leslie Potter is a graduate of William Woods University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science with a concentration in saddle seat riding and a minor in Journalism/Mass Communications. She is currently a writer and photographer in Lexington, Ky.Potter worked as a barn manager and riding instructor and was a freelance reporter and photographer for the Horsemen's Yankee Pedlar and Saddle Horse Report before moving to Lexington to join Horse Illustrated as Web Editor from 2008 to 2019. Her current equestrian pursuits include being a grown-up lesson kid at an eventing barn and trail riding with her senior Morgan gelding, Snoopy.


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