Dramatic horse rescue near Saskatoon
Tow truck used to pull horse pulled from well
Daisy is one lucky draft horse.
On Wednesday, Russ Thiessen's children were out feeding their horses on their land outside Martensville, Sask.
When Daisy didn't show up for her feed, the children started getting worried.
"It was like, this is so unreal. Is this actually possible?" Thiessen recalled.
Thiessen frantically called neighbours, a tow truck and a local veterinarian. After two hours and a lot of lifting, the horse was safely extricated from the well.
Dr. Jesse Vargo said Daisy seems to have made a full recovery. The veterinarian had been worried about internal injuries — the horse had been trapped in the hole for hours — but it appears Daisy suffered no serious harm.
Figuring out how to safely pull the horse out of the well was challenging, Vargo said, adding he was glad Daisy remained relatively calm.
"She wasn't sedated at all," he said. "We had just given her pain meds, because she was so calm."
It can be a bizarre business, Stratychuk said.
"We get some very strange calls," he said. "When the conservation officer called us to haul a moose out of the city, I thought that was pretty odd, too."
Thiessen said he had no idea there was a well or homestead on the property.
If everything goes well, Daisy will be able to return to her regular job, pulling local children around on sleigh rides when winter arrives.