According to Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue, multiple horses were rescued from a frozen pond after escaping their pasture in the Steamboat Springs area. The horses had broken through the ice, submerged up to their necks in freezing cold water.

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning near mile marker 3 along Routt County Road 129.

According to the Steamboat Pilot & Today, firefighters were able to save the horses by breaking a pathway in the ice.

It is unknown if the rescued horses were treated for hypothermia. Hypothermia in horses occurs when the normal core body temperature is no longer able to be maintained. It typically happens when horses are exposed to very cold temperatures, including falling into a pond or getting stuck in a mud hole. If rewarmed too quickly, organ failure or even death may occur.

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