Friday, February 6, 2009

Keep off the ice!

I saw this article on my local news site last night: A horse was rescued from a frozen pond in Kentucky.

They think Pencil the horse was looking for water, walked out onto the frozen pond, and fell through the ice. Apparently the heater in his trough had stopped working, so his water had frozen over.

It's tempting to say "Why the heck didn't the owner notice the horse had water," but I guess if he cares enough to chop ice around his horse and help the rescue crew get him out, he's probably not neglectful. I can't help but wonder, though — who names their horse Pencil?!



At February 6, 2009 at 6:43 PM, Anonymous Jackie said...

That's a scary thing to have happen. That happened to a horse at my barn and to a horse who belonged to a good friend of my barn owner. They both fell into ponds that were in the pastures. They did manage to get them out. The horse at my barn survived but the other one didn't. Pencil is very lucky to be alive!

At February 7, 2009 at 8:47 PM, Blogger Irreverent Freelancer said...

Did I ever tell you about the time I had to rescue Pookey from the ice? If I ever get the book written, it'll be part of the story. In any event, it was scary enough pulling out a 45-pound dog. I can't imagine having to come to the aid of a horse.

At February 10, 2009 at 1:14 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...


Thanks for sharing the story. How awful about the horse that didn't make it. I agree, Pencil is very lucky!


No, you didn't tell me that story, but I'd love to hear it! I can only imagine how difficult it would have been to pull a horse out of a pond. Aren't there straps around his body in the picture where he's getting up? I'm sure they had to use a winch.


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