Haddam volunteer fire horse rescue

File photo of horses

HADDAM, Conn. (WTNH) — The Haddam Volunteer Fire Company responded to a public service call from two horseback riders on Sunday afternoon regarding an animal rescue. On a trail near the Turkey Hill Reservoir, horses were stuck sinking into mud.

One of the horses Trisha, a 27-year-old quarter horse, was stuck in a little over three feet of mud and was unable to move. A second horse Shiloh, stepped into the mud, but was able to quickly escape.

The chief of the volunteer fire company, Chief Sam Baber, arrived on scene and was able to locate the horseback riders’ vehicle and trailer, which was on the side of Filley Road. Chief Baber was able to later determine that the two riders and the three horses had entered Cockaponset State Forest and had entered a red marked trail.

The two riders worked to free Trisha by trying to dig her out of the mud. After several attempts, she was able to pull herself free without injury.

Members of the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company ensured that the riders and their horses exited the state forest safely and were not injured.

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