County Agencies Rescue Horse Stuck in Mud

A horse rescued from a ravine suffered only minor scratches.

A horse is recovering from some minor scratches after being rescued from a muddy ravine in Descanso Monday.

A woman was riding her horse along the Harvey Moor Trail Monday afternoon when they slid down a slippery, muddy slope. The woman wasn’t hurt but the animal became stuck in the mud on its back.

The Sheriff’s Department, CALFIRE/San Diego Fire Authority, County Animal Services and an equine veterinarian were all called in to help rescue the horse.

The various agencies and the owner worked together to fashion a series of ropes and several hours after the fall, they managed to right the horse. The animal then walked out of the ravine on its own.


“When people and animals are in need of assistance, the community will always come together to provide this assistance,” said County Animal Services Director Daniel DeSousa. “This was epitomized in this rescue of the horse with the various agencies working side-by-side to extricate the horse from its predicament.”

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact