Team works to rescue horse trapped in Redmond ravine

Gemma, a Fjord horse that fell down an embankment in Redmond, Wash., Monday, May 27, 2013. (KIRO-TV)
Gemma, a Fjord horse that fell down an embankment in Redmond, Wash., Monday, May 27, 2013. (KIRO-TV)

REDMOND, Wash. — A team is trying to rescue a horse that fell down a 70-foot embankment in rural Redmond.

The Fjord Pony, named Gemma, was grazing Monday at the edge of a meadow when it got too close to the edge and fell.

After searching for the horse for hours on Monday, workers at the Redmond stable finally found the animal perched on a 4-foot by 6-foot ledge.

On the other side of the ledge is dense vegetation and a steep, 40-foot drop.

Tuesday morning, rescue workers with the Washington State Animal Response Team used ropes to reach the horse.

They were hoping to clear a trail to walk the horse out of the steep ravine, but after analyzing their options, the team decided to call King County search and rescue team to lift the 800-pound  horse.

Rescue workers have decided the best way to bring the horse to safety is to tie it in a harness and pull her 70 feet up the embankment she fell from.

A few dozen volunteers are helping in the effort, which will likely take until afternoon to get the pony up.

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