Horse Wrangling Mounties

Williams Lake

2017-07-18 16:43 PDT

On July 17th, while working in the evacuated zone RCMP officers near Highway 97 and Mountain House road, in Williams Lake, were called to give truth to their Mountie name. Although not required to ride them, they were instrumental in rescuing three horses.

Two horses in an enclosure near the checkpoint, where Cst. Jesse Hewitt (Powell River RCMP), Cst. Mihai Ilioi (Nanaimo RCMP) and Cst. Brind’Amour (Nelson RCMP) were manning, jumped their fence and were running freely on the roadway. A third, extremely large horse (not pictured), had attempted to scale the fence and become trapped on the wire, was bleeding and whinnying for assistance, which was further exciting the freed horses.

Cst. Brind’Amour stated, The horses were getting very upset, as they had become separated from their herd, and were very difficult to catch and control. We managed to calm one horse down with an apple from our lunch, added Cst. Brind’Amour. The officers, after some time, were able to catch two of the horses prior to rendering assistance to the third, whom they freed by pushing down the fencing allowing it to get out. After securing all three of the horses, the officers walked approximately 1 Kilometer back to their enclosure, where four other equine friends anxiously awaited. 

Photo of two officers with the horses

Released by

Cpl. Janelle Shoihet

Media Relations Officer
"E" Division Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
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