CERES, Calif. - A mini-horse was rescued from an irrigation canal Saturday morning.
A security officer with Turlock Irrigation found the 4-foot female horse trapped in a canal on the 4400 block of Crowslanding Road around 8:51 a.m., Ceres Fire Battalion Chief Michael Lillie said.
PHOTOS: Mini-horse rescued from Ceres canal
When fire crews responded to the scene, they found the horse stuck in the canal with about a foot of water. Lillie said the sides of the canal were too steep for the horse to climb out on her own.
About a quarter-mile down from where the horse was found, firefighters found a ledge that would allow the horse to get out safely.
Lillie said a couple of firefighters got into the canal with the horse, tied a rope around her and helped her climb out of the canal; it took crews 15 minutes to free the animal.
The horse suffered some scuffed up hooves from trying to climb up from the canal on her own, but was otherwise unharmed.