LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police horse Yoder is expected to be back at work in weeks after a Tuesday night mishap while working as a part of the Mounted Unit for the city's Christmas parade.
"Out of the blue, my horse seemed like he started slipping so I quickly jumped off of him and by the time I got down off of him I noticed his leg was stuck in the hole," Officer Shawn Davis said.
Yoder, 17, was trapped in an open hole near East 6th Street after its shoe was wedged inside a cast iron pipe. Veterinarians say the horse is doing well and was able to move to a better barn. Yoder's training as a police horse helped keep it calm when the incident happened.
"He has not overreacted in any situation we've been in whether it be large trucks going down the street or loud construction noise," Davis said. "He's always maintained good composure. He's reacted, but not overreacted."
The horse was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where x-rays revealed his leg was not broken. Police said he was standing and eating by 9:30 p.m.
"I was worried. Given the nature of the situation he was in, I was worried he could have a fracture," equine surgeon Brett Woodie said.
Kentucky American Water said the hole was created when someone removed the lid on one of its hydrant valves, and it is unknown why the lid was removed. The valve is six to eight inches wide, and it is a shutoff valve for a nearby fire hydrant.
The company said it does regularly inspect valves, but the last time the one Yoder was trapped in was inspected was in the summer. The hole and lid are now patched, and Kentucky American Water asks the public to call if they see a water meter lid off or misplaced.