October 25, 2014

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Horse rescued from frozen pond in Lafayette Twp.

LAFAYETTE TWP. — Emergency responders helped save a stunned horse Wednesday afternoon that fell on an iced-over farm pond.

Rescuers drag a horse from where it had fallen on an ice-covered pond Wednesday in Lafayette Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Rescuers drag a horse from where it had fallen on an ice-covered pond Wednesday in Lafayette Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

A 28-year-old quarter horse jumped onto the frozen surface before slipping and passing out in the middle of the icy pond, according to D&L Farm owner Leonard Bunyak.

“He couldn’t get up, so we called for some help,” Bunyak said.

The horse landed on the ice shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday at the farm, 6840 Lake Road, Bunyak said.

Later Wednesday, son Leonard Bunyak Jr. said over the phone the horse was “doing OK.”

“He’s up and moving all right,” Bunyak Jr. said. “The vet is looking at him now.”

Six members of the Lafayette Township Fire Department assisted in rescuing the horse from the ice, said Josh Wilfang, a township fire medic.

Wilfang noted it’s not uncommon for farm animals to get into tricky situations with iced-over ponds during the winter.

“We haven’t had a lot of calls on this sort of thing so far (this winter), but quite a many horses tend to fall on or through ice each year,” he said.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.