Horse sinking in mud rescued in North Smithfield

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — Fire crews were called to help rescue a horse that was stuck in the mud in North Smithfield on Saturday.

Officials say around 11 a.m. a couple of horses were spooked at the Phoenix Rising Horse Farm on Pound Hill Road and took off from their enclosure, with one of them running into a nearby swamp.

Employees at the farm went after the horse and were able to get her back closer to dry land.

Then, at about 20 feet from dry land, she got stuck in the mud and began to sink. That’s when the fire department was notified.

Crews tied a section of a fire hose around the horse’s midsection and used an excavator that was at the farm to eventually hoist her out safely.

Workers then brought her back to the farm where they were able to clean her and warm her up.

The farm’s owner tells Eyewitness News, the horse named Fiona is doing well after her rescue, with no injuries.

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