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Horse rescued after getting stuck in cattle guard in North Routt

Routt County Sheriff’s Office animal control officer Sarah Longchamps holds the reins of a horse that was rescued Wednesday in North Routt County.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — North Routt Fire Protection District firefighters came to the rescue of a horse that found itself in a bad predicament Wednesday.

At 12:45 p.m., firefighters learned that a horse was stuck in a cattle guard on Forest Service Road 443, which is off Seedhouse Road. Someone had contacted the Forest Service about the horse.

When they arrived, firefighters found that one of the horse's legs was waist deep in the cattle guard, and it would take a couple hours to free it.

Fire chief Mike Swinsick said his crew used hydraulic equipment to spread the bars and also cut out an 18-inch section of the cattle guard.

As they got the horse’s leg out, they tied the horse with rope to restrain it until the animal was totally free.

Two horse handlers from Vista Verde Guest Ranch helped with the rescue along with two Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies and animal control officer Sarah Longchamps.

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There was talk of tranquilizing the horse, but that was not necessary.

The animal laid on the ground for several minutes after being freed.

"He was pretty tuckered out," Swinsick said.

Steamboat Veterinary Hospital Dr. Lee Meyring examined the animal and gave it pain medication.

The rescuers discovered the horse had come from a nearby hunting camp. The horse had been tied to a trailer and got loose to search for the other horses and hunters.

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