In 2006, something unthinkable happed in Netherlands. A heavy storm left about 100 horses stranded on an island in the wilderness area outside the dike of Marrum. No one had ever seen anything like this before and nobody knew how to cope with the situation. Unfortunately 19 horses passed away during the storm and remaining horses ended up marooned on a lowland knoll for three whole days. That is when 7 female riders along with local authorities and people stepped up to control the situation.
At first the rescuers tried to transfer the horses from the small island to the safe ground by the help of boat. But unfortunately, this rescue effort failed. They tried to feed the horses through boat and kept them energetic and hydrated as they kept on brainstorming about the possible rescue mission. As another storm was approaching, they needed to think and act fast. That is when a post appeared on the Friesian horse forum: “Horses and riders sought… Only experienced riders with horses without fear of water.” Susan, Christina, Micky, Hinke, Antje and Fardow; 7 female riders responded.
Watch this thrilling rescue in the video below. What do you think about this brave rescue? Let us know in the comments below!
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