Mesa horse expected to make full recovery after falling in pool

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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MESA, Ariz. -- Stormy, a 12-year-old Arabian horse, is expected to make a full recovery after falling in his owner's backyard swimming pool on Saturday.

His owner, Jack Branham, says the stallion is allowed to roam around the backyard but he usually steers clear of the pool. That is, until last Saturday.

"Something spooked him and then he fell in," Branham said.

Stormy, it turns out, is not such a good swimmer.

Branham said initially he and his grandson tried to pull out the 850-pound horse.

"We held him up so that he wouldn't be fighting, and I didn't want him going to the deep end of the pool. Then he could have drowned," said Branham.

The two quickly realized they needed some help, so they called the Mesa Fire Department to their home near University and Val Vista Drive.

"They had to check with a supervisor if they could come out and they were very good at coming on out," he said.

It took about a dozen firefighter to pull off the task, but first they had a vet give Stormy something to knock him out to help the process along.

After a few failed attempts, they were able to pull Stormy out of the pool. And Branham told 3TV it didn't take long for the horse to bounce back.

"He got up and wobbled a little bit and they gave him some more shots for infection and so on," said Branham.

Saturday's stunt did not have an effect on Stormy's backyard roaming privileges. Branham says he's confident the stallion has learned his lesson, and he has no plans to fence off the pool.

"He won't be going by the pool anymore," he said.

Stormy suffered a few scrapes and cuts on two of his legs but other than that he was okay. He is expected to make a full recovery.