REDMOND, Washington -- Animal rescuers freed a fjord pony that apparently slid down a 70-foot ravine in Redmond, Washington and spent several days trapped.
Gemma, described as a bit of an "escape artist," got out of her stall at a stable where she was undergoing training.
Gemma had been missing since Sunday. It's believed she was walking around an embankment and slid down into the ravine.
Rescuers were challenged by the steepness of the terrain and heavy brush.
They used a fire hose to wrap around the 800-pound horse and pull her up to a ledge. She was walked out from there.
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.
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. 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.