UPDATE 2:50 pm. | Emergency workers from several agencies have successfully rescued Gemma the horse from the 70-foor ravine near Redmond where she was discovered trapped Monday.
KING5 reported that rescuers used a fire hose to wrap around the 800-pound horse and pull her up to a ledge, from where she could walk to safety. King County Search and Rescue, the Washington State Animal Response Team and other agencies worked most of Tuesday to free the small Norwegian fjord horse.
UPDATE 12:15 p.m. | A harness and helmet have been placed on Gemma the horse, and she may soon be lifted up to a path from where she could walk out of the 40-foot ravine she fell into sometime over the weekend.
The small Norwegian fjord horse was discovered missing early Monday from Saddle Rock Stables in the Redmond area. It’s not known how long she has been in the ravine.
UPDATE 11:30 a.m. | Rescuers are rigging equipment they hope will allow them to lift a small horse out of 40-foot ravine it fell into Monday evening near Redmond. The plan is to lift the horse, placed in a harness, up to a ledge from which it could walk to safety.
A small horse that slid down a 40-foot ravine in Redmond suffered some bruising, but does not appear to be badly hurt, animal rescuers said this morning.
The 4-year-old Norwegian fjord horse named Gemma, who had not been seen for several days, had fallen into the ravine near Saddle Rock Stables in the 24000 block of Northeast 115th Street.
Animal rescuers were called about 9 p.m. after the horse was found in the ravine. But because of darkness and steepness of the terrain, the rescue was delayed until this morning.
Gemma, who slipped out of her stall at sometime Monday “is known as escape artist. Apparently she’s gotten out before,” said Gretchen McCallum of the state Animal Response Team, who was at the scene this morning.
By about 8 a.m., a team of about a half-dozen rescuers was with the animal and were determining whether she could be walked to safety. They gave the animal water, hay and administered a painkiller for her bruising.