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Jan 19, 2015 7:54 PM

Goshen horse and owner recovering after rescue


GOSHEN - Goshen Fire Chief Dan Peterson says you deal with anything and everything in a small town. That includes rescuing a thoroughbred race horse named Chili, stuck in a cement feed trough. Chili's owner Heidi Lorenz found him Sunday morning.

"His legs were just sticking up in the air out of the trough, and I was instantly a mess because he looked dead, he wasn't moving," Lorenz said.

Lorenz tried to calm Chili down before calling 9-1-1.

"And told them to bring everything they had," Lorenz said.

Firefighters brought everything, including a tow truck. Stuart Stone has owned Stone's Towing for 42 years, he's never gotten a call like this but was ready for the job.

They didn't end up needing him, but firefighters from Goshen, Lempster and Newport all had a hand in the rescue.

"Once we started lifting, it came out within a minute and a half, two minutes," Chief Peterson said.

Once he was out, Chili took off running. Lorenz said his injuries don't seem major.

"He's got a lot of stitches and a lot of surface wounds where his head was flailing on the concrete," Lorenz said.

Lorenz was right in the middle of the action and was also injured when Chili fell on top of her. She needed stitches and injured her knee. She and chili are taking it slow, working toward recovery.

"I feel great because I thought I was going to lose him. I thought that was going to be the end. So I'm super happy and I love these guys that came out here they were absolutely amazing," Lorenz said.

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