A joint effort by area emergency responders likely saved the life of a horse in Arma Wednesday morning.

A joint effort by area emergency responders likely saved the life of a horse in Arma Wednesday morning.
Al Combs, Arma police chief, said that at around 9:20 a.m., the Arma police and fire departments, as well as the county sheriff’s department and EMS, responded to a call of a horse that had fallen through ice on a frozen pond at a residence on the north end of Arma. The owners of the residence and the horse asked not to be identified, Combs said.
The horse was seen floating near the center of the pond when emergency crews arrived. Combs said the animal was staying afloat by keeping its head on the ice above the water.
Arma firefighters were able to slide rope through the horse’s halter and the horse was pulled from water. The animal’s owners immediately took the horse to an animal clinic, and Combs said the horse appears to be in good condition.
Combs said the rescue effort took about 45 minutes, although it is unknown how long the horse was in the water before emergency crews arrived.
Combs described the ordeal as “one of those happy-ending stories.” He said he could not recall working a similar incident in Arma, and neither could the other crew members.
“In fact, I was talking to Sheriff Sandy Horton, and he told me that in his 29 years in the law enforcement business, he could not remember ever having to rescue a horse that had fallen through ice in Arma,” Combs said.