A Lexington Police horse was injured Tuesday evening when its left hind leg became stuck in an uncovered utility access hole. The 17-year-old horse, named Yoder, suffered cuts and abrasions but no broken bones due to the fall. His rider was not injured.
Yoder and his partner were walking on East Sixth Street near Elm Tree Lane with five other horses from the Mounted Unit when the incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4. The group was on its way to the Lexington Christmas parade, riding from the Lexington Police barn on West Sixth Street near Coolavin Park.
Crews from the Lexington Fire Department and the City’s Division of Streets & Roads responded to the scene, along with three veterinarians. Yoder’s shoe was wedged in a pipe, making it difficult to free the horse. He was sedated and responders used a pulley system to help take the weight off the rest of Yoder’s body.
After chipping away at the road, crews were able to free Yoder from the hole and removed the pipe and his shoe. He had been stuck for approximately two hours.
Yoder was transported to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where x-rays revealed his leg was not broken. By 9:30 p.m. he was standing and eating. Yoder will remain at the equine hospital tonight to be monitored.
Yoder is an Appendix Quarter Horse / Belgian cross in his second year of service with Lexington Police. The Unit is supported by Friends of the Lexington Mounted Police, a nonprofit organization.
Brenna Angel, Public Information Officer