A group of around 100 horses were stranded on a small piece of land when the water rose unexpectedly after a fierce storm in a village in Netherlands. The storm pushed seawater into the wilderness area outside the dikes of Marrum. Nineteen horses lost their lives while the remaining horses were stuck on a lowland knoll for three days, but there was nothing there for them to eat and no fresh water for drinking. It had all be contaminated by the storm. Firemen and animal welfare officers brought food and water for the horses to keep up their strength and rescue attempts were made, but unfortunately without any success.
Many people feared the horses might die out there and were worried, but no one really knew what to do or how to rescue them.
On the third day however, an extraordinary rescue was made. Another storm was quickly approaching when someone posted a request on a horse forum seeking experienced riders without fear of water. Some female riders responded. One of them, Norma Miedema, started a group called the Netherlands Horse Rescue. This group of seven women met the following day and risked their own lives in order to save the horses. They were later honored for their courage and bravery.
I’m not going to tell you how they rescued the horses. You will have to watch and see for yourself.
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