In mid-February 2014, two horses fell through the ice of a backyard pond in Ontario, Canada. Considering the severe winter weather southern Ontario has experienced over the past few months (including crazy low temperatures, high winds, and severe ice and snow storms), the only thing that’s so surprising to me is how long it took for a horse to find itself in such a predicament.

On that fateful February day, the two horses stood neck-deep in the icy water for approximately 20 minutes before firefighters were able to extract both using ropes and a rescue truck.

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According to the horses’ owner Julie Ayers, if it wasn’t for local firefighters, she would’ve been forced to take matters into her own hands.

“These guys who responded were absolutely phenomenally. Good thing, because we were going in…,” said Ayers.

Obviously we are all relieved that the horses were saved and anticipated to recovery fully, and yet Ayer’s comments remind me of a Scientific American article titled, “When Fear Makes Us Superhuman.” That article talks all about the reasons why in times of stress and fear, humans can perform miraculous feats such as lifting a car to save a trapped victim.

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