I don't blame the horse for not using that ramp! Planks, held together by some kind of roofing material and held up with ladders!!!??? Holy crap! I think, should I ever find myself (unlikely) in a similar situation that I have enough contacts among my veterinarians and different contractors and fire rescue personnel that I can get a professional rescue crew together.
"My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."
I'm no expert on horse behavior by any means, but I imagine that poor old Flame would have felt better about that "ramp" if it had sides put up all the way to the ground. My JRTs don't even like stairs that are open (no backing)...so a horse stuck in a hayloft faced with a rickety rope-ladder-like ramp? No go for any horse I know (that rhymed ridiculously - apologies).
Yeah, they had a cobbled-together ramp of 2x6s and plywood held together by strips of shingles, propped up on what looks like a pile of straw, for what reason exactly? And the horse voluntarily ran up it because something in the woods scared him MORE THAN THAT RAMP?
Suuuuure. Methinks alcohol was involved BEFORE the horse ended up in the hayloft.
Per the girls' description he "ran upstairs into the loft." I think her brother that claims to have startled the horse enough for Flame to "jumped over his stall, ran threw the barn, and ran upstairs into the hayloft" actually bribed and led Flame into the loft as a practical joke... at Flame's expense of course. If it was so natural for Flame to go up the stairs, wondering if nailing wood and making a ramp over the stairs the horse climbed up would have been a better way to get down?
Their ladder supported escape ramp is horrid! What a sweet, calm, and trusting horse he is. Glad he's safe. Definite candidates for idiots of the year.
this is the second posting, mind you years apart where a horse is removed from the loft via the door leading outside of the loft. How hard is it to lead the animals down the stairs? I have done it before, if you go slow enough they figure it out.
From the panning for the camera on the first several seconds of the film I can't say anyone looks too upset but when you look around at the background with all the trash and yellow hay, you can see that they are not really into the safety and welfare of their animals. No big surprises.
Just another trashy looking area with horses, owners who can't spell to save their lives, and no common sense to be found anywhere. I'm sick over this, and sure this probably has happened before. Poor guy
I would have gotten a better videographer.
Horse was halfway down the ramp when he jumped off so is probably fine. Was this the horse that was in the news for walking up the stairs to the hayloft any getting stuck up there?