By Mary C. Stachyra:

Centreville firefighters fashioned a sling system from ropes on their rigs and using muscle power managed to pull a 25-year-old exhausted horse from a muddy stream where it had been stuck for hours on Thursday.

The horse, Prides Medicine Man, turned up missing at the Thursday morning feeding in a fenced pasture at the Battlefield Equestrian Center, on Lee Highway near the Luck Stone Quarry, said David Sanders, the center’s owner. The 134-acre ranch is primarily a boarding facility with about 40 boarded horses in the pastures alongside another 20 owned by the center, Sanders said.

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