LOOK: Firefighters rescue “exhausted” horse in Cherry Creek State Park

Firefighters are responding to a tired horse who fell and sunk into muddy water within Cherry Creek State Park.

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Update: Cupcake is free!


Firefighters rescued a tired horse that fell and sunk into muddy water within Cherry Creek State Park on Thursday.

Cupcake fell into the knee-deep water within the park at about 1 p.m., said Eric Hurst, spokesman for South Metro Fire Rescue. About four and half hours later the 13-year-old horse was rescued.

On Thursday, Cupcake’s owner was riding her and exploring the wetlands within Cherry Creek State Park, about three miles east of the Denver Tech Center.

“The water got deep and Cupcake lost her footing,” Hurst said. The rider was uninjured, but Cupcake was unable to get up.

Firefighters arrived on scene at about 3:30 p.m. after being alerted by park rangers about the situation. They tried unsuccessfully to lift the horse by putting plywood under her.

A veterinarian was on scene shortly before 5 p.m. to give Cupcake an injection that helped give the horse energy needed to stand and walk, Hurst said.

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