A horse with a shoe embedded in its foot received some help from the Denver, N.C., fire department.
Lyn Caldwell called the firefighters asking to borrow a set of bolt cutters to remove the right shoe from Jitterbug’s left foot after the horse overstepped and tripped.
“We figured out quickly that the bolt cutters weren’t going to touch that horseshoe so we called for the heavy rescue truck,” Denver Fire Department Chief James Flynn told Denver Weekly. “We just revert back to our technical rescue training in dealing with humans and try to apply the situation to the horse.”
That meant using the hydraulic rescue tools that are normally dedicated to extricating victims from crashed vehicles.
“Once the shoe was off, the owners immediately transported the horse to their veterinarian for care,” according to the Denver Fire Department’s Facebook account.