Community Comes Together to Lift Up Horse that Fell in the Snow

Beautiful brown horse standing behind wooden fence during winter snowfall
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A horse that fell in the snow overnight and needed help getting up got a lift from several Vermont community members.

“This was really the community I felt, even though we’re all in isolation — certainly I am — they just rallied,” Gerda Silver, owner of Gerda’s Equine Rescue in West Townshend, Vermont, told the Brattleboro Reformer. “That was cool. I loved it.”

Silver said the barn manager noticed a 20-year-old horse named Teagan was missing during the early morning feeding session for the horses.

Teagan was eventually found lying in the snow, and it appeared that she had struggled to get up using her hind legs, Silver said.

Michaela Kelly, a morning volunteer at the equine rescue, Jim Sprung, and the barn manager’s husband, Tim Smith, tried to assist the barn manager in picking Teagan up.

A tractor and straps were eventually needed to bring the horse to its feet, and more people showed up with the equipment to eventually assist Teagan in getting up and walking her back to her stall.

“It was like clockwork,” Silver said. “After they left, I was just so moved I guess by everybody who came together and didn’t ask anything, just to be able to help. It really warmed my heart for sure.”

Teagan developed a fever after being out in the snow all night and is under veterinary care.

While several Vermont community members got together to lift up a horse, several horses lifted the spirits of humans in their community.

A horse in New England lifted up the spirits of a New England nursing home in April 2020, and a miniature horse lifted the spirits of a three-year-old cancer patient in September 2020.

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