Horse rescue

Members of the Level Volunteer Fire Company Captain Martin Chidsey, bottom left, Rachel Itzoe, left, and firefighter Paul Worthington work to free a horse that was stuck in a horse trailer Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Level Volunteer Fire, The Aegis / April 1, 2014)

A 16-year old quarter horse was rescued after being trapped in trailer in Churchville Sunday, officials from the Level Volunteer Fire Company said.

First responders from the Level Volunteer Fire Company responded to the 2600 block of Churchville Road around 1:24 p.m. for a call of an injured horse trapped in a trailer.

The 1,200-pound horse was being loaded into a trailer when it became wedged inside after being spooked for an unknown reason, Level spokesperson Rhonda Hinch said.

The horse was stuck with its hindquarters at head height, its front legs caught over the center divider and its head in a downward position, Hinch wrote in a news release.


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Crews from Rescue 151 used the Hurst tool to cut and remove the center divider to enable the horse to be lowered to the floor of the trailer, Hinch said.

Hinch said the horse was panicked, so first responders waited for an emergency vet to arrive and sedate the horse for removal.

After sedation, rescue crews were able to successfully remove the horse, named Chance, which only sustained minor cuts and bruising, Hinch said.