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Horse stuck in mud

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM

The registered Morgan and his owner, Rita Kelley, walked around a nursery near the Pocket Change Quarter Horse Ranch, 11731 Pierce St. in Robinson Township, when Hawk began to sink in the soft ground. Kelley said she dismounted when her horse struggled to free himself from the quicksand-like ground.

“You couldn’t see his legs,” the Grand Haven Township woman said.

Kelley's cellphone malfunctioned and she wasn't able to call 911, so instead she called the ranch’s owner, Karen TenBrink. As the two women waited for help, Kelley said Hawk shook because it was “quite traumatic.”

Emergency personnel dug around the brown horse’s stomach to remove the saddle and place a strap behind his front legs. They then pulled and encouraged Hawk to move.

Kelley said she feels blessed that Hawk is OK because he's been through a lot over the years. The horse has been moved from Rhode Island to Michigan to Mississippi, before heading back to Michigan. Kelley said Hawk also survived Hurricane Katrina.

For the next few days, Kelley said she will keep an eye on her beloved companion to make sure he’s fine, even though he showed one positive sign on their walk home.

“I know he’s OK because he’s wanting to eat grass,” she said.

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