Nail-biting rescue of wild horse from flooded Canadian river

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Dramatic footage has emerged of the nail-biting rescue of a wild horse who came close to being swept away in a raging river in British Columbia, Canada.

Efforts to save the filly proved successful. Photo: O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue/Facebook
Efforts to save the filly proved successful. © O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue/Facebook

The footage shows efforts to get the filly on to dry land, as the strong current and chilly waters of Trout Creek sapped the animal’s strength. She has since been named River and is now in the care of O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue.

Footage of the rescue was posted on YouTube by the rescue group’s founder, Theresa Anne Nolet.

O.A.T.S. reported on its Facebook page that the rescue unfolded on Saturday, May 3, involving one of the feral horses that inhabit the Summerland area of Okanagan Valley.

The filly, estimated to be about six months old, was spotted by Leona Hopman Hrncirik while walking her dogs.

The group said her quick action saved the little filly from certain death.

The Summerland Fire and Rescue Department was called and the tricky rescue effort with O.A.T.S. volunteers began.

The firefighters and volunteers managed to get her on her feet, but she was weak and soon collapsed again.

Boulders along the riverbank hampered efforts to get her on to dry land.

The filly could have been swept away by the current at any time, and logs being washed down the river also threatened to knock her into deeper water.

Eventually, with a rope secured on the animal, plywood was laid over the boulders along with a tarpaulin and she was hauled to safety.

She was allowed to rest and warm up under a blanket before she was encouraged back on her feet.

Donations toward River’s care can be made through Paypal using the email address

Firefighters got her standing, but only for a short time. Photo: O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue/Facebook
Firefighters got her standing, but only for a short time. © O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue/Facebook

3 thoughts on “Nail-biting rescue of wild horse from flooded Canadian river

  • May 7, 2014 at 5:14 am

    A huge thank you to all who helped save her!!

  • May 7, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Thank you for doing this article! If anyone would like to donate to O.A.T.S. to help with Rivers care we accept Paypal using the email address Also someone suggested we should have called her Desert since she probably does not want anything to do with water ever again, that made me laugh!
    Theresa Nolet O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue

  • May 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Tremendous care and love given to this one filly ! Her rescuers are to be commended – high five, everyone !


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