Deputies from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office found themselves making an unusual rescue on Wednesday.
A miniature horse had somehow gotten herself stuck in a cattle guard built into a roadway outside Clarkdale.
It was early in the morning Wednesday and still dark, so drivers were apparently having a hard time seeing the horse.
Enlisting the help of a ranch hand and neighbor in the area, YCSO deputies worked to free the horse.
Although the use of a tractor was considered to help lift the animal, crews decided to attempt lifting her out by hand, using straps placed under her mid-section.
Luckily, the effort was a success!
The horse had a minor flesh wound on one of her legs, apparently caused when she fell into the guard. But otherwise, she was fine.
Rescuers learned her name was "Coffee" and that she lived on a ranch in the area.
The ranch hand returned her to a secure area on the ranch.
A large-animal vet arrived a short time later to check on Coffee’s injury.
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