Horse stuck in mud

(UPDATED WITH PHOTOS OF RESCUE) An afternoon ride turned into a scary rescue for 26-year-old Hawk.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 23, 2013


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.



Oh Rita, I'm so happy to hear he could be freed and that he's doing ok! Mary (Blomquist) Koller


Many, many thanks to the Robinson Township Fire & Rescue and the personnel assisting from Grand Haven Township Fire & Rescue for saving my horse yesterday. I didn't know how anyone was going to free him from the "quick-sand like" mud, but all there worked diligently together and got the job done. I'm happy to report that Hawk is well and came through this horrible experience unscathed and feeling fine.


Oh goodness! Im so glad you are both fine, Rita! I guess it makes me glad ( for once!) that my horse hates puddles!~


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