Redlands firefighters come to rescue of injured horse on Interstate 10

News headline from the Redlands Police Department:

Redlands Firefighters came to the rescue of an injured horse and its owner on Interstate 10 Monday afternoon.

At about 3:45 p.m. on April 30th, Redlands Fire Department responded to the call to assist a horse with its leg caught in a horse trailer on the westbound lanes of Interstate 10.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a truck and horse trailer rig parked on the freeway shoulder and could see the horse’s back leg jutting between the slats on the side of the trailer.  The horse, an 18-year-old polo horse named Xena, from Rancho Santa Margarita, was riding in the trailer with two other horses on a return trip from Palm Springs when the approximately 1,000-pound female horse became anxious and kicked out the side of the trailer.  Her right rear leg became caught between the slats of the trailer and was bleeding severely from a cut just above the hoof when the Fire Department arrived on scene.

The owner of the horse tried to keep the animal calm as Redlands firefighters worked alongside freeway traffic, using the Jaws of Life to spread apart the trailer and free Xena’s leg.

Once the horse’s leg was freed from the trailer, bleeding from the laceration became worse.

The horse’s owner had already contacted a large animal veterinary service in Chino.  However, the serious bleeding prompted the Redlands Firefighters to contact local veterinarians to find some immediate treatment for Xena.

The Family Friend Animal Hospital in Redlands and the Loma Linda Animal Hospital Inc. in San Bernardino were able to provide first aid for the horse.

The relieved owners were then able to drive on to Chino for more definitive treatment of the horse’s wound.

Filed under Headline

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


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