CROSBY, Texas—Volunteer firefighters had a busy morning rescuing a horse from a muddy pond in Crosby Monday.
Authorities said the horse got stuck near the 3600 block of Barbers Hill sometime overnight.
The owner was counting her livestock when she noticed her 3-year-old horse, One Hot Southern Belle, was missing, so she hopped on her tractor and found the animal trapped in the mud.
"It’s the first time in 16 years that I’ve seen this pond dry up completely like this. I’ve never would’ve dreamed it would have been a hazard, but it’s a real hazard for horses," said Cathy Bryant, Belle’s owner.
The Crosby Volunteer Fire Department pulled Belle to safety around 9:40 a.m. The rescue took nearly two hours.
Belle was then hosed off and appeared to be in good condition.
Belle's mother has also gotten stuck in the same muddy pond recently, and Bryant feels enough is enough.
"I will be closing this pasture off until I can figure out something," she said.
Officials say the drought conditions are drying up ponds in the area, and when the animals approach them, they slip and fall in.
"You got three-to-four inch cracks, so you think it’s dry, but, it’s just the top. You go two to three inches under that crust and it’s just mud," said Richard Clark, assistant fire chief of the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department.
Clark says successful rescues like these are especially special.
"I’ve done a lot of things in the fire department, but this is the best. Saving an animal or saving a horse," said Clark.