Gemma the pony rescued from 70-foot ravine

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on May 28, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 7:01 PM

Animal rescuers freed a fjord pony who apparently slid down a 70 foot ravine in Redmond and spent several days trapped.

Their rescue of 4-year-old Gemma was challenged by the steepness of the terrain and heavy brush.

The rescue took place in the 24000 block of 115th Street near the Saddle Rock Stables.

The stable owner said the pony was brought to the stable for training. Gemma was described as being a bit of an "escape artist" and got out of her stall.

Gemma had been missing since Sunday. It's believed she was walking around an embankment and slid down into the ravine. A spokesperson for the Washington State Animal Response Team said Gemma appeared to be in good health and had water and hay. She was given a painkiller for some bruising.

Rescuers used a fire hose to wrap around the 800 pound horse and pull her up to a ledge. She was walked out from there.

To make this story even more remarkable, it was an 'animal communicator' that led searchers to Gemma. Joan Ranquet was contacted by Gemma's former owners, and says after seeing only a picture of Gemma, she was able to make a connection and feel where the horse was.
 
“I connected with the horse, and the most important sense I got was the sound of rushing water," said Ranquet. "I didn’t know if it was rushing water or a freeway, just a very loud, loud sound.”
 
This might sound a little crazy, but Saddle Rock Stables owner Barbara Linstedt says once she heard from Joan, she was able to find Gemma within five minutes.

Thirty responders from King County Search and Rescue helped with the rescue.

 

 

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