Thursday, July 24, 2008
Firefighters constructing a containment line along the along the western edge of the Mill fire July 15 were surprised to see a horse in the early morning smoke. The firefighters were able to capture the injured equine and take it back to their base camp before setting the planned backfire.
The horse, affectionately nicknamed Mr. Ed by his rescuers, had abrasions to his front legs and seemed very weak and dehydrated. Firefighters speculated the horse was probably spooked by the original lightning storm the night of July 20 and became disoriented in the smoky aftermath.
Firefighters fed apples to the horse from their sack lunches and he was able to drink from a nearby creek.
The Mill fire was only one of the fires burning in the Soda fire complex in the Mendocino National Forest. The Mill fire continues to burn east of Pine Mountain and is not expected to be contained until late this week.
(administrator comment: I bet they wish they had known about the Equine Mutual Aid Association :)
When word of the injured horse reached the incident command post, they contacted Willits large animal veterinarian Dr. Sheri Cronin to arrange a rescue mission.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Lexie Micio,13, of Chandler won a purebred Arabian horse named Boot from a Mesa breeder.
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 7, 2008 12:00 AM
A Chandler teen won an Arabian horse from a Mesa horse-breeding couple when they decided to "pay forward" their good fortune after receiving a new car.Duane and Hertha Chellevold, who have been breeding Arabians for 30 years, decided to sponsor a contest for young people after a relative gave them a new Chrysler minivan. The windfall made them decide to pass along the good deed. Lexie Micio, 13, won the 7-month-old purebred Arabian chestnut colt named Boot in early June.
Lexie has been riding for seven years and intends to ride and show Boot in English dressage. Lexie said she inherited her love of Arabians from her mom, who grew up in Saudi Arabia."I can't believe we won, he is a gorgeous animal." said Marisa Micio, Lexie's mother. "I was in tears the whole day. This is something my daughter and I can do together."
Lexie entered the contest after she saw it advertised in The Arizona Republic classifieds. In order to enter, applicants had to submit a paragraph explaining why they wanted an Arabian and how they would care for it.