Horse rescued from hayloft after wandering upstairs


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A horse that somehow wandered up to the second story of a hayloft in Placerville was rescued this week by firefighters and members of the UC Davis Veterinarian Medical Response team.

The crafty 4-year-old horse, named Crikey, made his way up the stairs to a hayloft on Monday afternoon. Julia Swain’s granddaughter found him upstairs, munching happily on hay.


Most of the day, Crikey’s owner says, was spent devising a way to rescue the horse. Executing the rescue took only 35 to 40 minutes.

Rescuers sedated him, then hoisted him through the barn door.

‘Within 10 minutes he was awake again, but feeling like he’d been to a really bad Christmas party,’ Swain said.


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