Horse rescued from swimming pool

Published On: Dec 19 2012 06:00:20 AM HST

A horse jumped a fence on its property and ended up in its owners' swimming pool Tuesday afternoon in Loxahatchee.

Local veterinarians were called to the scene to calm the horse, a 30-year-old named Andy. His owner spotted him in the pool about 4 p.m.

"He was treading water for a little while, trying to get up the little hill in the pool," said Dr. Janet Greenfield, a veterinarian with Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

She and Dr. Tyler Davis injected a mild sedative to relax Andy and then used a rope and some mats to get him to the shallow end of the pool where he could stand.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue's special operations team took it from there. They attached a harness to Andy and then used a tow truck to lift him out of the pool.

"It's a beautiful thing when everything comes together," District Chief Doug McGlynn said.

Greenfield said Andy escaped unscathed.

"He has taken several steps and seems to be walking alright," she said. "He is in good health, not a scratch on him actually."


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