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Crews help draft horse to its feet after icy fall

  • Crews help assist a draft horse that likely fell on ice and couldn’t stand up Tuesday morning on Bennington Road in Hancock.  Courtesy photo

  • Crews help assist a draft horse named Blondie that likely fell on ice and couldn’t stand up Tuesday morning on Bennington Road in Hancock.  Courtesy photo—



Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:39PM

Police officers responded to a report of a draft horse that was found down on its side in a small three-sided structure on Bennington Road in Hancock.

The horse, named Blondie, was unable to lift itself up. The owners told officers they had last seen the animal in a pasture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. It was unclear how long the horse had been down.

Police said the horse likely slipped on ice and was unable to get up. They said the horse appeared to be “very tired.”

Town officers were dispatched to the call around 8:30 a.m., along with a Henniker-based veterinarian, and the Hancock Highway Department who assisted with tools. Crews worked for three hours to remove the horse from the structure, using straps and come-alongs (heavy-duty pullers). John Pirkey, assistant fire chief in Hancock, said there were more than a dozen people on scene to help the 1,200 to 1,500-pound horse get back on its feet.

“We call it Yankee ingenuity, you kind of dig into the back archives and take what you’ve read and take what other people have read and then put it to use,” Pirkey said.

Pirkey said the horse was very calm throughout the entire process and eventually the group was eventually able to haul the animal back to its feet.

He said the horse walked around, ate hay and drank water after it was hoisted up.

The horse appeared to have minor injuries, although it’s unclear at this time if the damage is more extensive.