A 1200-pound horse stuck in a window on a northwest Portland property had to be rescued by firefighters, who tried to use a circular saw, but then settled on their own might to free him Wednesday.
"We've lifted a lot of people. This is my first horse," said Dan Muir, a Portland Fire and Rescue firefighter.
Portland Fire and Rescue crews first received word of the horse in a tight spot at 8:30 a.m. They found the horse stuck in a stable window near the 6300 block of NW Skyline Blvd.
The horse, named Sky, is trained to jump in the arena, said his owner.
He apparently tried to jump out the window while other horses were being taken out for their morning exercise, according to firefighters.
"He was watching all his buddies leave and decided to join them," said Muir. "Jumped headfirst out the window. Got caught on his lower belly."
Sky was visibly shaking when firefighters showed up. Before crews arrived, the owners of the horse tried for 45 minutes to remove him.
Fire officials said the horse was sedated while firefighters went to work to cut around the horse with the circular saw. Despite the sedation, fire officials say, the horse was terrified of the noisy saw and firefighters determined they needed another way to rescue him.
After being assured by the horse's owners that the animal wouldn't kick while under sedation, four firefighters positioned themselves to push the horse through the window themselves.
"All four of us got behind the horse and made sure we were careful around his rear legs," said Lt. Mike Pringle. "Then, with a little maneuvering and a lot of muscle, we lifted him out of the window."
With the help of firefighters, the horse escaped the ordeal with only minor cuts and bleeding that came from the screws in the window sill.
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