RIVERSIDE: Horse Rescue

On Friday night, August 23, 2019, the City of Riverside Fire Department along with the department’s Horse Animal Rescue Team (H.A.R.T.) responded to reports of a horse in distress. The incident occurred around 9:30pm at a home in the 10000 block of Victoria Avenue. According to Captain Eric Peniata, with the City of Riverside Fire Department, when rescue crews arrived they located a 28 year old horse which had fallen onto a concrete driveway and was unable to get her footing. The horse made several attempts to stand up on the slick surface for about an hour before the HART Team was called to the scene. Crews decided to use straps to re-position the horse onto gravel in hopes she would be able to gain her footing. Unfortunately, the horse was to exhausted by that point and was unable to stand on her own. It was then decided crews would safely drag the exhausted horse to her coral were she could rest comfortably. Once the horse was safely in its coral, the horse was able to get up on it’s own. The horse was not injured and only suffered from exhaustion.