SWANSEA, Mass., Oct. 24 (UPI) — Authorities in Massachusetts say an old horse walked away with only minor bruises after falling into a covered pool.
Animal control officer Scott Diagle said the 21-year-old horse, Rocket, was following one of its owners, who was riding another horse, in Swansea Sunday afternoon when it apparently mistook the covered pool for a solid surface. Its legs fell through the cover, which held the animal from plopping into the water, The Boston Globe reported Monday.
“That cover really saved him,” Diagle said. “Even though horses can swim, we aren’t sure what would have happened if the cover wasn’t on.”
Animal control officers, police officers and firefighters responded to the scene and used fire hoses to lift the animal out of the pool.
“He was thrashing around pretty good at times, we needed the owners right at his head trying to comfort him,” Diagle said.
He said the incident is being treated as an accident, not a case of animal neglect.
“They were right in there. They felt awful,” he said.
Diagle said Rocket was able to walk away with only minor bruises.