My Horses are Out On the Ice
My heart is heavy as I type this tonight–one of my friends that is the coordinator for Code3 and Equine Emergency Rescue Unit in Kansas City (Eric Thompson) contacted me yesterday about three yearling horses that went out onto the ice of a pond this week on Tuesday evening.
The horses were not saved. Too far from the shore to be able to touch, they swam until they drowned, especially since they had blankets on which pulls them down from the weight even faster. Someone who came to check on the horses and feed noticed they were missing, then sighted part of a horse blanket sticking out of a hole in the ice.
Since their accident was not witnessed, it is not known if they drowned first or if hypothermia took over and caused them to slip quietly into the water. Even in large animals, hypothermia takes only minutes to start to cool the organism in the cold temperatures of the air and water that are present in
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