After a horse became trapped in a dumpster in Orange County, California for hours, firefighters successfully hoisted the animal to safety Friday afternoon.
The call came into crews at 2:30 p.m. of a trapped horse at the Golden West Stables, Huntington Beach Fire Department said.
"I was actually in my horse's stall getting ready and then I heard my mother say, 'there's a horse in the dumpster!' And my heart stopped," said Brooke Winger, who owns a horse named Abby at the center.
Winger said the horse who became trapped was being led to the lower arena area when the horse started running.
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The horse essentially got loose and stepped on the lid of the dumpster thinking it was a flat surface.
The horse plunged into the dumpster, with one leg hanging out.
After about two and a half hours of Winger and the horse's owner keeping it calm, the animal was hoisted to safety by fire crews.
A veterinarian checked the horse, but it appeared to have minor scratches and would be just fine, Winger said.