LAYTON - A horse that had fallen into an ice-covered pond in Layton on Christmas Day is recovering well.
Layton City fire crews were called out to the pond, at 1816 N. Fort Lane, at 5:17 p.m. to rescue the hose that was submerged up to its chest, according to Doug Bitton, Layton Fire Public Information officer.
Crews used a fire hose, along with “gentle assistance” of a backhoe acquired from Layton City public works, to get the horse out of the freezing water, Bitton said. It took about 20 minutes to free the animal.
Davis County Animal Control was on scene to evaluate the horse.
Firefighter/advanced emergency medical technician Brandon Anderson was instrumental in getting the horse out, Bitton said.
Anderson attended Winter Fire School training in St. George earlier this year, where he learned skills taught in a similar scenario.
“Specialized training those firefighters receive have a wonderful benefit for situations like this that occurred today,” Bitton said.
The horse’s owner placed the animal in a heated barn with blankets and close observation.
Bitton said the owner reports the animal is recovering well.