Lola, an eight-year-old mare, was being ridden by her owner in Caspers Wilderness Park, an 8,000-acre wilderness reserve in California, in the Rancho Mission Viejo unincorporated area when the accident happened on 21 September. Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) were called at 12.18pm that afternoon and were helped in the rescue by Orange County Parks.
The rescuers attached a safety harness to the mare, who is then lifted out of the ravine by helicopter. She is flown to safety and the pilot carefully lands her in a corral, assisted by a team on the ground, before where she is happily reunited with her owner.
“The horse’s owner, who had to jump off the horse as [she] was bucking before falling down the ravine, was evaluated by paramedics on scene and deemed to be uninjured,” said an OCFA spokesman. He added that technical rescue team members and a helicopter came to Lola’s rescue after she fell approximately 60ft down the ravine in Caspers Park. “Walking the horse out was not an option due to the terrain. We had a vet come to the scene to sedate Lola so we could safely fly her out. We flew Lola to a safe landing spot with additional rescue team members awaiting,” said the spokesman. “Fortunately, we were able to reunite Lola with her owner who was ecstatic to see her!”
Source Horse and Hound
Photo by OCFA