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Horse, rider airlifted out of remote Angeles National Forest canyon (VIdeo) 

Dakota rescued from canyon

The Anderson Sling is an essential piece of rescue equipment. Identical to the one we use in our intensive care barn, here it is being used to helicopter a horse out of a canyon. ~ HfH

From: New York Daily News
By: Nicole Hensley

Dakota rescued from canyon

Dakota had a fractured skull from the fall but is expected to make a full recovery.
“What a remarkable horse to keep it together under this stress,” says veterinarian Racheal Sachar.

The veterinarian that helped with the rescue of the injured horse named Dakota speaks exclusively with the Daily News about the dramatic rescue. Video footage shows a County of Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter flying the horse through the California wilderness.

A woman and her horse needed a rescue after they slipped down a cliff in the Angeles National Forest on Friday.
It took a helicopter from the County of Los Angeles Fire Department to hoist the 16-year-old horse named Dakota out of the remote canyon after it fell about 100 feet down the Santa Clara Truck Trail above the city of Sylmar.

The couple were traveling the Pacific Crest Trail that runs through the area, veterinarian Racheal Sachar told the Daily News.


The trail crumbled from under Dakota’s legs sending the horse and his rider tumbling down the canyon.
A helicopter with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office picked up Sachar just for the rescue operation. It dropped her off at the trail to tranquilize Dakota and gave him anesthesia.

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