MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Central Minnesota firefighters say they had to use “some good old fashioned muscle” Wednesday to pull horses out of a swamp where the animals were stuck neck-deep in the muck.

(credit: Isanti Fire District)

The Isanti Fire District posted on Facebook about the incident, saying that two horses got their legs stuck in a swamp at Wayside Prairie Park, in rural Bradford Township.

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Due to the remoteness of the area, firefighters were forced to improvise, the post says. What they came up with was simple: Use wide straps to yank the animals out of the swamp.

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Firefighters, a crew from Isanti County Safety and Rescue and neighborhood horse enthusiasts helped in the pulling effort.

Both horses were able to walk back home with their owners.

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“Now we may need to request some help with ideas of how to get the swamp smell out of our boots?” the fire district joked.