You can take a horse to water… but you can’t make it sink! Dramatic moment seven horses are pulled to safety with a tractor after falling through thin ice
- Seven Bashkir horses mistakenly fell through thin ice in a pond at a Russian farm
- The horses frantically tried to climb out as a group of farmers offered their help
- Sagitzian Idiyatullin, 29, brought his tractor and used a jib to pull them free
- ‘The cause of this accident is unstable weather of this winter,’ the farmer alleged
A remarkable video shows an ingenious rescue after panicking horses crashed through thin ice in a pond in Russia.
Quick-thinking farmer Sagitzian Idiyatullin, 29, brought his tractor with a lifting jib which was used to pull all seven horses out of the freezing water.
Footage shows the group of trapped horses struggling to stay afloat on an ice pond and trying to reach fora group of farmers.
Seven horses were rescued after falling through ice which they mistakenly thought was thicker, roughly 5ft thick, at a farm in Bashkortostan, Russia. The mammals did this ‘out of habit’, says the farmer who helped rescue them
The Bashkir horses appear frantic as they desperately try to clamber to safety. Farmer Sagitzian Idiyatullin, 29, brought his tractor with a lifting jib which was used to pull all seven out of the freezing water (pictured)
They form a jam as they try to frantically clamber to safety.
Sagitzian and his workers then harness the horses around the neck with a rope attacked to the tractor’s lifting gear.
One by one the panic-stricken beasts were pulled out, saving them from being frozen to death or drowning.
Sagitzian is pictured with one of the farm’s horses. Speaking about the incident, he said: ‘Thank God we acted promptly and pulled them out’
‘The cause of this accident is unstable weather of this winter,’ said the horse-breeding farmer from oil-rich Bashkortostan.
‘The horses walked on the ice out of habit, thinking that as usual half a metre (5ft) thick there.
‘Thank God we acted promptly and pulled them out.’
The animals are nearly all saved from drowning and freezing in the ice pond. Unstable weather conditions are thought to be the cause of the accident, claimed Sagitzian
These ancient Bashkir horses are small but known for their endurance.
They remain outside throughout the biting Russian winter.
In many areas of Russia locals report that this winter is milder and the ice thinner than a decade ago.