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Firefighters rescue ‘Flashy’ from Bare Hill Pond mud

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HARVARD — A horse broke through the frozen surface of mucky, exposed bottom in a drained area of Bare Hill Pond at the town beach Saturday morning, Dec. 6.

Though the horse got stuck, the animal was saved by Harvard firefighters.

The incident made headlines over the weekend and even earned a spot on TV news.

The horse, named Flashy, belongs to Ted Van Heusen, who later told the television news reporter that the animal sustained a few scratches, but is otherwise alright.

Despite some visible swelling on one leg, Flashy looked just fine a short time after firefighters fashioned a sling — in part from fire hoses — and hauled the animal out.

Extricating a scared animal much larger and stronger than they are requires care and caution, but fire Chief Bob Mignard said his firefighters know the drill and nobody got hurt.

However, it was a messy job for one firefighter in particular, who had to lay down in the mud to slide the sling under the horse, Mignard said.