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Horse rescued after falling down embankment near Somerset
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SOMERSET, CA - A horse that was stuck at the bottom of an embankment for eight hours was rescued with help from four agencies.

The UC Davis Veterinarian Emergency Response Team (VERT), Sacramento Metro Fire Department, El Dorado County Animal Control and Pioneer Fire Department responded to a small creek on Tigers Eye Road, off of Mt. Aukum Road, where the horse was stuck since 9 a.m., Sacramento Metro Fire Assist. Fire Chief Scott Cockrum said.

"Apparently this horse went down for some reason and rolled down an embankment, under a tree, and ended up in a creek," VERT Dr. Cheryl Ellis said.

VERT worked with Pioneer fire crews and El Dorado County Animal Control for several hours to free the horse, Cockrum said.

"UCD packaged the horse and put it on a sled. We attached our hauling system to the sled and moved it down the creek and up the hill," Sacramento Metro Fire Capt. Tom Neville said.

Sacramento Metro fire crews, who have trained and worked with VERT for the past two years on large animal rescues, were asked to help and arrived at the scene around 2:30 p.m.

Sacramento Metro fire crews, who have trained and worked with VERT for the past two years on large animal rescues, were asked to help and arrived at the scene around 2:30 p.m.

Cockrum said the complicated rescue required a lot of manpower to maneuver the 1,200-pound horse. Crews used ropes and other rescue equipment to free him from the embankment around 5:30 p.m.

Ellis said the horse is standing on his own, eating and drinking; she expects the horse to make a full recovery.

"He's a little sore on his left hind leg. Other than that, he's doing good. He has a good appetite," Ellis said. "He's bright and alert. He's a fighter. It's a tough thing he went through.

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