No horsing around: Phoenix firefighters rescue horse stuck in a pool


Phoenix firefighters were called to a home off of 22nd Place on Saturday for a horse stuck in a pool that couldn't get out.

The horse's owner, Gail Stone, was at work when she got a call from her neighbor.

"They didn't see Cowboy walking around or whatever, but then they saw the water rippling in the pool," Stone explained.

The horse, named Cowboy, somehow fell into the pool on Saturday. Stone believes the donkey, Bernie, chewed the chain on the gate to allow for an easy escape to the pool area.

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"Horses don't have really good depth perception," Stone said.

Stone rushed home from work and found Cowboy standing in the pool, which is only 5 feet deep in the deep end.

"Of course I got my suit on, got in the pool with him, put on a bridle and a lead rope, and so I led him over to here and got him to the steps and I actually almost got him out," Stone said.

She let Cowboy rest for a few minutes while she figured out what to do next because Cowboy was starting to panic.

"He was kind of like hyperventilating a little bit."

After about 20 minutes of trying to get the 1100-pound horse out on her own, she realized she needed help and called the Phoenix Fire Department.

"I really didn't want to bother them for something like that," Stone said, explaining that she realized time was crucial as Cowboy was getting more exhausted.

Two of the firefighters got into the pool with Cowboy. Stone suggested they use their hose to hoist him out. After a few attempts, Cowboy was back on land.

"I couldn't thank them enough; they were awesome."

Stone called her vet as a precaution, but after a few moments, she brought Cowboy under a tree and he started acting like his normal self.

"He seemed to be fine after that, he acted like normal, he was eating grass," Stone said, relieved.

On the United Phoenix Firefighters Facebook page, they said, "as a firefighter, you never know what's in store when the alarm goes off. Thankfully we have creative and committed firefighters who can handle anything that comes their way."

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