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Horse falls into hole after manhole cover gives way in Altadena

January 5, 2012 |  8:06 am

Horse named Cowboy after falling down manhole cover. A horse named Cowboy found it a tough trot home in Altadena when he stepped on a manhole cover that gave way.

The man riding the horse, Damon Scott, managed to leap from the horse to safety. But the horse became trapped in the manhole along Lincoln Avenue, KTLA-TV reported.

Scott and two other riders tried to pull Cowboy out. Scott even climbed into the hole to loosen Cowboy's saddle.

"As he was in the hole, he was bucking, kicking and trying to get out," Scott said. "He couldn't because he was tired. So he just leaned to the side. He started hollering and crying. All I could do was try to call somebody for him to help him out."

Cowboy made his own way out after at least a 10-minute struggle.

Scott said Cowboy suffered gashes on his legs, and one leg might be fractured. The horse was wearing casts and was expected to recover.


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Photo: Horse named Cowboy after falling down manhole cover. Credit: Ara Badashian / KTLA