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1,200-Pound Horse Stuck Under Fence Rescued By Firefighters In Stamford

Tex the horse, after the rescue.
Tex the horse, after the rescue. Photo Credit: Stamford Fire Department

Firefighters in Fairfield County rescued a 1,200-pound horse who was stuck under a fence.

Stamford firefighters responded to June Road around 6:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 to a stable in the rear of the property where a 20-year-old horse named Tex was down and partially stuck under a fence, said Captain Philip Hayes, of the Stamford Fire Department. 

Engine Co. 9 arrived on the scene and found a 20-year-old male horse lying on his side. The horse was severely fatigued and partially stuck under the side of an adjacent split-rail fence used to form a paddock.

Due to the unique nature of this type of incident, two additional Engine Companies, Rescue Co. 1, and volunteer members from the Turn of River and Long Ridge Fire Departments responded to the scene.

In addition, a special horse rescue team from the Patterson New York Fire Department was also requested to the scene, Hayes said.

Firefighters worked to remove fencing from the immediate area, stabilize Tex, and then were able to get the horse back to an upright position. The rescue process took about 30 minutes, using a total of 30 personnel at the scene, Hayes said.

Tex was assisted back into his stall without issue.

"He was fed a variety of carrots by responding firefighters and appeared to be grateful for the assistance,”  added Deputy Chief Matt Palmer

There were no injuries to firefighters or the horse.

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