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Horse abandoned in snow near Mt. Hood getting second chance

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St. Nick, the rescued horse. Photo: Sound Equine Options St. Nick, the rescued horse. Photo: Sound Equine Options
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An abandoned horse digging in the snow for food near Government Camp now has a second chance and a saintly name thanks to rescue workers.

An Oregon Department of Transportation crew found the horse at 7 a.m. Thursday on Highway 26, near the intersection with Highway 216.

The workers contacted Wasco County deputies, who tried to safely corral the horse. Unfortunately, the horse became scared and ran away into the forest.

Members of Sound Equine Options took hay out to the location where the animal was last seen in hopes it would return.

When the group returned to the scene on Friday, the horse was there waiting. The workers were able to load the horse into a trailer.

Rescue workers say the horse appears to be around 5 years old and actually seemed to be well fed. It is very skittish, however, and does not like to be touched.

The horse, given the name St. Nick, is now being cared for and observed at a Portland equine hospital.

Investigators are trying to track down information about who abandoned St. Nick. They say it was clear a truck and trailer had pulled over and turned the horse loose, before leaving the area.

If you saw a truck and trailer in that area east of Government Camp Wednesday or Thursday that may have been involved in this situation, you're asked to call the Wasco County Sheriff's Office.

There is no word yet about possibly adopting the horse. You can help support the care of St. Nick and other rescued horses at SoundEquineOptions.org.

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