A 36-year-old horse is safe after slipping on the ice in Colchester, Connecticut — thanks to 18 emergency responders, according to local news.

First responders received the call for help around 11 a.m. on the day of the incident, stating that the elderly horse had fallen on the ice almost two hours prior and could not get back up.

It took 18 rescuers, a backhoe loader, ropes, and determination to get the horse back to safely standing. Shortly after, the horse walked back to the stall uninjured.

“Fortunately, some members recently took a large animal rescue course and were able to work together to brainstorm some ideas to get the horse on its feet,” the Colchester Fire and Emergency Medical Services said in a Facebook post.

Each winter, horses – like this one – risk slipping and falling in icy conditions.

To help prevent falls, farriers can provide special snow shoes that grip on slippery ice. Being prepared with straw, sand, or carpet when the weather is below freezing can provide horses with better traction on slippery surfaces. It’s also a good idea to limit exercising in icy conditions.

Lady Freethinker thanks the quick-thinking emergency personnel who helped get this senior horse back home safely.

For another emergency rescue story, read how Colorado Parks and Wildlife rescued a deer caught in a metal gate.