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Horses Rescued After Falling Through Ice

(CNN) WARREN COUNTY, Mo. -- Firefighters weren't obligated to rescue two horses from frigid waters, but their owner is very happy they did. Firefighters in Warren County were able to use the training they received just two days before to rescue the horses.

(CNN) WARREN COUNTY, Mo. – Firefighters weren’t required to rescue two horses from frigid waters but their owner is very happy they did. Firefighters in Warren County were able to use the training they received just two days before to rescue the horses.

Meadow is glad to be back on dry land and so is Meadow’s partner Zihna. The horses had fallen through the ice that covered a lake. It was a situation their owner, Tina Churchill, had trouble watching, “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.”

Her husband called Warrenton firefighters for help. Just two days ago the firefighters had practiced ice water rescues in their new protective suits. Instead of a 200 pound human, they would use their skills to bring two half-ton horses to safety.

It was dangerous, “They were struggling. They were having a difficult time. We knew we needed to get them out as quick as possible.”

Firefighters used a chainsaw to cut a path so the horses could get out. Finally, after an hour, they were freed from their icy prison.

“It feels really good to go out and do this and get them out of there and know they’re going to be ok.”

“They’re my heroes. They came to the rescue and were here in a heartbeat and jumped right in a situation that they weren’t necessarily required to do and saved the day and saved these horses.”

The two horses are very special. They’re used in therapy for young people who battle mental health problems. Both Meadow and Zihna suffered some cuts to their legs, but other than that, they are okay.

They have probably learned their lesson about walking on thin ice, and there is a lesson for humans too.

“If your animal falls through, do not try to rescue it yourself. You’ll be risking your own life.” 

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