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    Default Woman Battles Tirelessly to Save Horse Trapped in Mud

    Race against the tide: Bravery of young mother who stayed by her horse's side for THREE HOURS after getting trapped in mud 'like quicksand'



    • Panic as 78-stone show horse is 'swallowed-up' by mud
    • Mother freed her daughter and another horse before returning to trapped animal
    • Astro was freed just minutes before the tide closed in


    This was the terrifying moment a brave young mother battled to keep her beloved horse calm as sea water closed in on the animal after he became trapped in mud 'like quicksand'.
    Exhausted and mud-splattered, Nicole Graham clung to her trapped horse Astro for three hours keeping his head high in a race against the tide.
    The 78-stone show horse had sunk into quagmire-like mud and was facing the prospect of drowning as the water rose around them.

    'Like quicksand': Both Miss Graham and her horse were stuck up to their waists in the mud as the tide was closing in







    Desperation: Nicole Graham comforts her 18-year-old show horse Astro after he gets stuck in coastal mud




    Swallowed up: Astro was stuck fast and Miss Graham's efforts to pull him free only resulted in herself sinking deeper into the quagmire








    Miss Graham had been out on an afternoon ride with her daughter along the coast near Geelong, south of Melbourne, when 18-year-old Astro suddenly sank into the mud.
    Before she could shout a warning, the smaller horse her daughter Paris was riding was also partially swallowed up by the mud.

    After dragging herself through the mire, Miss Graham helped her daughter and the other horse on to firmer ground.
    However, Astro was stuck fast and her efforts to pull him free only resulted in herself sinking deeper into the quagmire.

    To the rescue: Vet Stacey Sullivan prepares to sedate Astro in a bid to get him out safely



    Tidal terror: The brave mother tries to keep the horse calm as rescuers work how out to free the animal





    Emotional: Miss Graham said it was heartbreaking to see her horse so exhausted and struggling

    As Paris ran to their car and phoned for help, Miss Graham stayed at her horse’s side. She courageously clung on to his neck, terrified that he would not be freed before the tide came in.
    After three 'terrifying' hours, rescuers managed to pull Astro and Miss Graham from the mud.
    Miss Graham, who owns more than 10 horses and runs an equine dentistry business, told the Geelong Advertiser how a peaceful afternoon's ride had turned to terror.
    She said: ‘It was terrifying. It was also heartbreaking to see my horse exhausted and struggling.

    Race against the tide: The water is seen getting closer to the horse as the group battles to free him


    Stuck fast: Rescuers look for ways to free the stricken horse as time is slowly running out for him


    Pulled free: Astro is dragged from the mud with the aid of a farmer's tractor




    ‘We went straight down and under. There was mud everywhere and every time I moved it sucked me back down. It wouldn’t let us go.'
    After ensuring her daughter and her horse were safe, she returned to Astro and prayed that rescuers would arrive before the tide engulfed the horse.
    She added: ‘I’ve been riding here for 20 years and never had a drama. I’ve never seen any signs and didn’t realise it was so boggy.
    ‘When I saw the dust from the rescue trucks I was so relieved. I was starting to get overwhelmed.’

    Fire lieutenant Roger Buckle, who was among a team of helpers, said: ‘It was like a quicksand.’
    Fire crews worked with a local farmer, who provided a tractor, and a veterinary team. The firemen used hoses and a winch, but none of this equipment was successful.
    Sedated and exhausted: Astro collapses on the ground after he is pulled free of the mud, to the relief of rescuers

    Saved: Vet Stacey Sullivan helps Astro to his feet as the effects of the sedation wear off




    A local helicopter was put on standby as a last resort at pulling Astro from the mud.
    The combined rescue effort paid off. With minutes to spare before the water reached him, Astro - who had been sedated by vet Stacey Sullivan - was dragged from the mud with the aid of the farmer’s tractor.
    ‘It was a race against the tide and fortunately we won,’ said Lieut Buckle, who praised everyone efforts, including those of Miss Sullivan whose work in sedating Astro made it easier to pull him free.
    Miss Sullivan said Astro was dehydrated but had coped well.
    ‘A lot of horses don’t make it and I think without the owner there the chance of survival would have been a lot lower,’ she said.

    It's all over: Miss Graham leads her horses away from the beach after the traumatic rescue



    Aftermath: Astro and Miss Graham are led to safety after the drama. The vet said the horse may not have made it had it not been for the efforts of his owner


    "Tão estranho carregar uma vida inteira no corpo, e ninguém suspeitar dos traumas, das quedas, dos medos, dos choros."
    Caio Fernando Abreu

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    great work, horsey must have been scared
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    Wow those pictures are heartbreaking. Glad everyone got out.
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    Glad they got the horse out

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    I keep reading this thread as Warren Beatty and think damn HWBL's going to have another pictofesto in here. Glad the horse is okay though
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    Fuck, I'm crying. How awful; I'd have been in hysterics if I were that woman. Loved horsies since I was a toddler.
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    I am so happy they saved the horse. Poor thing. That woman must have been near hysterical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat Scorp View Post
    Fuck, I'm crying. How awful; I'd have been in hysterics if I were that woman. Loved horsies since I was a toddler.
    Kat! Did I say that?? Mercy me! I must repent.

    I was crying too, this was almost like living it with them. Magnificant horse & woman.
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    ^ Yep, in the January Jones is preggers thread. I cracked up when I saw it. I'll change my signiture again in another day or so, but I wanted to remind everyone now that it's been almost a year.
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    Aw, glad horsie made it out.

    Off note: can't help but notice she doesn't have a speck of mud on her nor her hair afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtlebay View Post
    Aw, glad horsie made it out.

    Off note: can't help but notice she doesn't have a speck of mud on her nor her hair afterwards.
    Well, she did have the ocean to dip in...
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    I clicked on the article.. you guys need to read some of comments that some assholes posted.
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    it was only stuck there for 3 hours, hardly ENDLESSLY
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    Where does it say endlessly?
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    The article worded it as if 3 hours is extremely long, like almost an eternity!

    Though it would seem like an eternity if you're stuck in the mud with a panicking horse.

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