12/14/2011 09:26 am ET Updated Jan 04, 2012

Pregnant Mare Rescued After Falling In 7-Foot Hole (PHOTOS)

By Associated Press

PUEBLO, Colo. -- Pueblo County sheriff's officials say a 4-year-old pregnant mare is doing well after being rescued from a 7-foot hole.

Sheriff's officials tell Colorado Springs television station KKTV ( ) that the mare apparently stepped into the hole, which her owners were digging to install a faucet to water the horses. Rescuers used ditch maintenance equipment from the county road and bridge department to lift the mare out of the hole Tuesday.


The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said this about the incident in a press release:

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo Rural Fire Department, Pueblo County Road and Bridge, and Pueblo Animal Control responded to a confined space rescue this afternoon.

The rescue took place in the 61 thousand block of Huckleberry Road (the far eastern portion of Pueblo County). Veterinarians from Mesa Animal Hospital were able to get vital signs on the foal after the rescue and reports were positive. The mare is home and doing well tonight.

Why Pueblo County Road and Bridge? Their ditch maintenance equipment was perfect for lifting the mare up and out of the hole. Their efforts, combined with the specialty training of the other agencies on scene, are the reason this was a success.

The mare's owners are keeping a close watch on her now.

Authorities said that the stress could lead to early labor for the mare.

"Animal rescues give us practice and confidence, Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears said after the rescue. "That translates to experience and when a human life is at stake, we all know we can successfully work together," 7News reports.