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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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Robynne Catheron

    Absolutely incredible story, especially the video. Bless that poor horse, glad he was tranquilized and anesthetized. How traumatic for him! I’m bummed the video was cut short, I was curious to see how they were going to set him down. Thank God he and his rider are going to be okay 🙂

    March 16, 2014
  • What a fabulous HORSE and Human Rescue , I cried for the Humanity of it all ,people rescuing people and a Awesome Horse how wonderful we can be , would have love to see how they landed this Horse and where….Please follow and report this rescue !!!

    March 16, 2014
  • Callie1983

    That was amazing! Am glad both are well!

    March 17, 2014
  • This an amazing Story is it possible for more details….?????

    March 17, 2014