LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Lexington Police say one of their horses was injured Tuesday night, after getting stuck in an uncovered utility hole on the way to the Lexington Christmas parade.
The horse, a 17-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse/Belgian cross named Yoder, became stuck in the hole and fell, according to police.
They say it happened around 6:30 on West Sixth Street near Elm Tree Lane, as police were leaving the Lexington Police barn on West Sixth.
According to police, Yoder’s shoe was wedged in a pipe inside the utility hole.
They say he needed to be sedated and rescuers used a pulley system to help free him, while city road crews chipped away at the road.
They say he was stuck for around two hours.
Yoder was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where he will stay overnight to be monitored, according to police.
But they say x-rays showed Yoder’s leg was not broken and he was standing and eating by 9:30 Tuesday night.
Yoder is in his second year of service with Lexington Police.