LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A horse got its back leg stuck in an uncovered utility hole while walking on Sixth Street Tuesday night.
Lexington police have confirmed that the horse is a mounted officer’s horse. It got stuck at East Sixth Street and Elm Tree around 6:30 p.m. as they were headed to the Christmas parade.
Firefighters and vets worked for almost two hours to rescue the horse. Many people gathered to watch the horse rescue.
“The problem was the horse’s shoe is what was actually caught down inside a steel pipe,” said Chief Chris Ward with the Lexington Fire Department.
The horse is about 17 years-old and his name is Yoder. He has been with the police department for about a year.
“Our animals are not pets. Our horses aren’t pets, our dogs aren’t pets. But they’re a big part of our family. We rely on them, not just for our job, but our lives often depend on the quality of animals that we have,” said Lt. Nate Muller with the Lexington Police Department.
Yoder was transported to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. In an update, Lexington Police said Yoder suffered cuts and abrasions, but no broken bones. He will stay in the hospital overnight, but was standing and eating by 9:30 pm.
Good news! The horse is freed. Conroy Delouche is at the scene
Posted by LEX 18 on Tuesday, December 4, 2018