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TRAIL, Ore. — A horse is now safe and free after well-trained rescuers pulled it free of deep mud near a barn in Trail. The rescue happened the evening of Saturday, May 5 just after 8 p.m.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) deputies and search and rescue (SAR) teams set out after dispatch received a call that night, reporting that a 22-year-old Mustang mare was stuck in knee-deep mud near the owner's barn.
Although the owner had struggled for hours to free the horse himself, he'd been unable to accomplish the task.
According to JCSO, deputies and 13 SAR personnel responded to the scene immediately. Some of the SAR members were specially trained in rope-assisted recovery and large animal rescue techniques. The SAR team labored in the dark, stabilizing the horse in the mud so that they could pull her free.
Tired after the hours-long ordeal, the horse luckily appeared to be uninjured once they were able to get her upright.
Less than a year ago, some of those same SAR members attended Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) training, hosted by an organization called Mustangs to the Rescue in Bend. That training came in handy for the stuck horse in Trail—TLAER is specially focused on the rescue of animals such as horses or other livestock.
The SAR teams also had obtained specialized equipment recently for TLAER situations—which JCSO says can occur in everyday scenarios and disasters alike.