First Responders Swarm to Save Giant Draft Horse Sinking in Muddy Pond

Anyone who has ever walked through deep mud knows how hard it can be to break free. So what happens to an animal weighing at least a dozen times more than the average man?  Well, for one enormous draft horse named Tom, the Louisiana mud bowl at the bottom of a pond proved nearly impossible to escape…that is until first responders launched into action.

Earlier this month, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from caretakers at a farm in the town of Haughton. They reported that Tom, a therapy horse, had lost his footing at the edge of a pond after escaping his paddock. Sheriff’s deputies tried to coax Tom back onto solid ground, but his weight and the deep mud created a vacuum. Tom, after all, is reported to weigh close to 2,500 pounds (1,133 kilos)!


Firefighters from the East 80 Fire District #1 arrived to assist the deputies, and before long, the horse’s guardian was also racing to the pond.


“She was dressed for work, wearing a dress and nice shoes,” Deputy Keith Plunkett told “As soon as she got there, she tore her shoes off and went straight into the water to try and help. It was clear she really, really loved and cared about this horse.”


Firefighter Lee Hedgepeth secured straps around Tom’s body, and with a tractor, the team heaved the horse toward dry ground.

Fortunately, a veterinarian on-scene gave Tom a clean bill of health and a stern warning to stay away from the pond during his next adventure.


Image credit: All photos courtesy of Bossier Sheriff's department.


Jane R.
Jane R2 years ago

Wonderful that they were able to get him out of the mud. Thanks to all who helped save him.

Mari S.
Mari S3 years ago

You're all wonderful humans -- I love you all -- thank you for taking those extra steps to save a life -- Tom's life has huge value -- without you this horse would've endured much suffering -- thank you a million times for rescuing Tom's sweet life.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Dianne D.
Dianne D3 years ago

so glad the horse was saved. Hope he'll be OK. What caring people. Gives some hope for mankind.

Teresa Fazackerley
Teresa F3 years ago

Thank you so much for caring, God Bless

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Glad there was a happy ending.

Deborah Servey
Deborah Servey3 years ago

Nice story! We need more good news in our days!

David M.
David M3 years ago

Great story!

D.E.A. C.
D.E.A. C3 years ago

Thank Heaven and bless all involved in this rescue. I am now sufficiently heartened to head out for work today--thanks.

Patty K.
Patty K3 years ago

Yay, great story.