Comments for: Horse gets stuck in hole after escaping from stall at Acadia, causing large rescue effort

Posted May 23, 2012, at 12:26 p.m.
Last modified May 23, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.

MOUNT DESERT | A carriage horse in Acadia National Park apparently got out of his stall and into trouble Wednesday morning, triggering a massive effort to extricate the 1,800-pound animal from a deep hole in the stable floor. Duke, a 12-year-old Belgian Suffolk Cross horse that helps pull carriages …

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  • Anonymous

    So Duke went a’courtin for the midnight show.  I’m going to bet there was a filly involved.
    Excellent work by the rescuers, just a cut or two on an animal that had to be near panic.
    Great work, folks !

  • Anonymous

    Glad to hear Duke will be ok. I do hope that whomever is responsible for the maintenance of the stable will check the entire building over to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

  • Anonymous

    Oh Duke!  You gave the staff quite a start to the season!  

  • Glad all ended well and Kudo’s to those involved for keeping a clear head and devising a safe way to rescue DUKE.  

  • He escaped because he could. That’s what horses do! Mine is a total escape artist. Glad it all worked out well.

    • Anonymous

      they sure do.  My neighbor has 6 horses.  Every now and then they escape and come visit me so they can munch on the green grass.  It’s quite a sight to look out your window and see 6 enormous horses roaming around your lawn.  They’re beautiful animals.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like something I would do back when I was drinking…..
    Good job, all!

  • Anonymous

    Glad to hear a happy ending to the story :)  

  • Anonymous

    I hope they pay the state for the  park, Fire dept and road workers time.

    • Anonymous

      That’s all you’re concerned about? Whether the people who helped get the horse out of the hole for a couple hours got paid? Wow.

    •  Just like when a hiker is lost in the woods.

  • Creative teamwork at it’s best. All of you did real good ! Now, to get those stall floor’s looked at since a Belgian Suffolk cross is almost a tank. But, hey, we’re in Maine and if there’s one thing that we Mainer’s can do is build with wood ! And no one does it better than Maine.

  • Amanda Morrill

    Awesome work by everyone involved!  So glad to hear he will be just fine!

  • Anonymous

    The horse was sedated prior to removal from the hole…
     

  • I sure was glad when we finally got rid of our horses on our farm.
    I like horses….. as long as they are someone else’s.
    Best of luck to Ol’ Dobbin.

  • Anonymous

    I am so happy this turned out well.  That poor horse must have been terrified.

  • Anonymous

    Job well done to the rescuers! It’s amazing the horse wasn’t hurt badly and that no people were hurt in this long and difficult rescue.  I love a story with a happy ending!

  • Anonymous

    Glad there’s a happy ending. We took a carriage ride in Acadia during our honeymoon in June ’06. Great time.

  • Anonymous

    Ok.So no one else will, I’ll ask. WTH is up with the giant, horse sized ,hole under the floor?

    •  Thats where they use to hide the bodies.

    • Anonymous

      If it’s anything like my barn, it wasn’t built on a slab and it doesn’t have a cellar. Nothing under the floor but air, for a certain distance (which varies with the landscape) until you (or a horse) hit the ground.

  • Anonymous

    The horse should not be named  Duke . . .  his name should be Harry . . .  as in Houdini.

  • Anonymous

    Duke gets the summer off!

  • Guest

    A horse walks into a hole…

  • Anonymous

    Aw, poor thing; glad he’s OK.

  • First small picture… “Its okay guys, I got the tail” says the old nerdy guy with glasses in the back.

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