Love for animals is so big that people do unimaginable things about them, just like one desperate woman that clung to Astro her 17-year-old show horse for three long hours to save him from drowning.
The woman, Nicole Graham was working hard to keep her horse calm and above the deadly quagmire mud as the ocean tide came dangerously close.
Astro that weighs 900 lbs, got stuck in the mud during an afternoon ride in Melbourne, Australia.
Paris, Nicole’s daughter joined her on her ride and even her horse got stuck.
Nicole managed to free Paris’ horse but Astro the larger horse got stuck.
Due to the efforts to free him Astro just got stuck in the mud more, so all the poor woman was able to do is keep him calm until the help arrived.
Paris managed to call for help and Astro was sedated while a harness was attached to him so the tractor could pull him out.
Nicole owns 10 horses, she said rescuers had to work 3 hours to pull the horse to safety.
“It was terrifying. It was also heartbreaking to see my horse exhausted and struggling,” said Nicole, as per the Daily Mail citing The Geelong Advertiser.
She added: “I’ve been riding here for 20 years and never had a drama. I’ve never seen any signs and didn’t realize it was so boggy.”
Fire lieutenant Roger Buckle, who helped in pulling the horse to safety, described the mud like “quicksand.”
Luckily Astro only suffered dehydration and some sore muscles from the incident.
“A lot of horses don’t make it and I think without the owner there the chance of survival would have been a lot lower,” said vet Stacey Sullivan.
We are so happy that the sweet animal is safe and sound.