When a 28-year-old horse named Ike fell into a ditch Saturday afternoon, helped arrived in the form of a Township of Langley Fire crew.
Crews made their way in on the Shaggy Mane trail of Campbell Valley Regional Park to find Ike had fallen off a narrow boardwalk bridge into a deep, narrow ditch and could not get out.
His rider managed to dismount during the fall and was uninjured.
Firefighters used special ropes and straps specifically for rescuing large animals.
Crews had to get in the very cold water with the horse to attach the straps and a team pulled a shivering Ike out of the ditch.
An equine veterinarian and Metro Vancouver Parks staff were also on site to assist.
Once Ike was out of the ditch he was able to stand on his own and his owner warmed him with jackets and blankets.