Horse dies after rescue from frozen pond in Bedford County

Horse rescued from frozen pond in Huddleston.
Horse rescued from frozen pond in Huddleston.(Huddleston Volunteer Fire Department)
Published: Dec. 28, 2022 at 8:18 AM EST
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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: The horse has died, according to the Boonsboro Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department

EARLIER STORY: A horse was rescued Tuesday night after falling through an ice-covered pond in Bedford County, according to the Huddleston Volunteer Fire Department.

Crews say the rescue took place at a remote pond on Leesville Road. The rescue was difficult because the pond was remotely located down a steep hillside with no access to large equipment.

Crews made a 4:1 haul system in order to get the horse up the elevation change. The horse was then placed on a sled to help aid in the removal and taken to a barn on site.

The department says this is the second large animal rescue from the Bedford County area in 48 hours.