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S-Bred Rescued At Centre Wellington Farm


Published: January 10, 2011 10:09 am ET

Last Comment: January 10, 2011 4:46 pm ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

With the mercury dropping and people flocking to the warm confines of their dwellings, an outdoor swim is out of the question this time of year, unless you're 24-year-old standardbred Ronniejo Hanover.

According to a report on, during the afternoon of Sunday, January 9 in Ontario's Centre Wellington area, the retired racehorse wandered from her paddock at a hobby farm, broke through a wooden lid, slipped through a two-foot square opening and found herself in an underground water storage tank.

The report explains that Ronniejo Hanover was found around 3:30 p.m. and dozens of firefighters were called to the scene to free the trapped mare.

The article states that ropes were tied around Ronniejo Hanover's hooves as firefighters tried to keep the mare as close to the opening as possible while crews pumped water out. Others began to cut into the roof of the concrete tank with saws, hoping to create a Ronniejo Hanover-sized hole they could lift her out through.

After roughly two hours, the horse was lifted straight up and out through the opening she fell through. The article explains that rescuers comforted the understandably-exhausted Ronniejo Hanover. They covered her with a blanket as she lay in the snow. A short time later, she was placed in the front-end loader and carried to a barn where she was treated by a veterinarian.

“All of these guys, they’re pretty compassionate, and they would have done anything today to make sure the outcome was good,” said Centre Wellington District Fire Chief Ken Boys was quoted as saying. “Whether it’s a human or an animal, we try to do our best.”

For video footage of the rescue, click here.

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January 10, 2011 - 4:46 pmWhat a great story and a

Ben Paniccia SAID...

What a great story and a even better ending. Those Men and Women that helped should be so proud of themslves. That makes my day!!

January 10, 2011 - 4:31 pmGlad to hear that the mare

Lynne Magee SAID...

Glad to hear that the mare is recovering.

January 10, 2011 - 2:36 pmJust an update. Ronniejo is

Just an update. Ronniejo is up and walking around and seems ok thanks to the firefighters and all who helped with the rescue.

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