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'Lucky' horse rescued from frozen pool in Idaho

By Daniel Uria

Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Idaho helped pull a stranded horse out of a frozen pool in a resident's back yard.

The Eagle Fire Department shared photos as fire crews and neighbors broke through the ice to pull Lucky, the 5-year-old horse, out of the frozen water.

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"That's really his name," Eagle Fire Battalion Chief Rob Shoplock told the Idaho Statesman. "And he certainly is lucky."

An Ada County Sheriff's spokesman said a homeowner called to report the horse was trapped in the pool around 4:50 p.m. Saturday after Lucky and several other horses escaped from their nearby enclosure.

The sheriff's office said Lucky had been in the water for about an hour before firefighters and deputies arrived to cut through the ice with chainsaws and pulled him free.

"When we starting moving him, he was not having it — he actually fell down under the water," Shoplock said of efforts to rescue the horse.

Lucky was checked by a veterinarian after being pulled from the icy water and appeared to be okay, according to officials.

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