March 20 2019
ESTACADA, Oregon — An injured horse found wandering alone in a northeastern Oregon wilderness has been rescued.
KATU-TV reports that the 8-year-old horse named Sandy was led out of the Wallowa Mountains last week and is recovering at the Eagle Fern Equine Hospital in Estacada.
She's in the care of the horse rescue group Sound Equine Options and is scheduled for surgery at Oregon State University on Tuesday.
The horse had an injured left back leg but was led out after veterinarians said the 6-mile (10-kilometer) trip would be safe after giving her painkillers. It's not clear who owns Sandy or how she sustained the injuries.
"We're guessing she fell down a cliff or on rocks," said Kim Mosiman, the executive director of Sound Equine Options.
A U.S. Forest Service lookout on Mule Peak, Brian Sather, spotted the horse several weeks ago. He called for help after spotting her again a week later and went to check on her.
"We got up close to her, and we could see that her leg was very injured," Sather said. "It was an open wound, and she was limping on it. And she had some other wounds on her too."
He started making calls and eventually found Sound Equine Options. He also found Blue Mountain Back Country Riders who rode in to bring Sandy out.
"They just took it slow," Sather said. "She made it through all the rough terrain."
Mosiman said Sandy's injuries appear to be at least six weeks old.
"I think it's pretty amazing that she didn't become food for the predators up there," she said. "The fact that she was able to walk out of there with that leg is — she's a pretty tough cookie."