- Twelve volunteers have spent three hours freeing a horse bogged in a dry dam
- Moose became lodged in the mud up to his neck at a rural Riverstone property
- The horse was sedated and eventually pulled free under the supervision of a vet
- The vet reassured Moose’s owners that he would most likely make a full recovery
Rescue teams have worked for hours to free a horse named Moose after he became stuck in a muddy hole.
The former trotter was buried up to the neck in mud at a property in Riverstone in Sydney’s north-west, and it took more than three hours and twelve volunteers to rescue him.
‘The horse was buried very deeply within the mud [and] there was a lot of suction within the mud,’ Inspector Kernin Lambert told 9NEWS.
Emergency crews work to free the horse named Moose
Moose got bogged in a dried-out dam and was trapped in sticky mud up to his neck
Firefighters and SES crews called an equine vet to sedate Moose, before he was blindfolded and wrapped in straps and rope to help rescuers get a grip on the animal.
Three hours later, the horse was pulled free and stumbled onto dry land – much to the relief of his owner.
‘They’ve done a fantastic job,’ Moose’s owner’s Lisa Carrol said.
‘It was like a miracle. The horse was really stuck, and it looked really bad.’
Agnes Banks Equine Clinic worker Jenny Watts said the horse didn’t suffer any lacerations or excessive trauma.
‘I think he’ll probably make a full recovery,’ Ms Watts said.
It took twelve volunteers, a fire crew and a equine vet three hours to pull Moose to freedom
‘I think he’ll probably make a full recovery,’ Ms Watts said, much to the relief of the owner