It was in 2006 that the world learned that about 100 horses were somehow stranded on an island in the Netherlands. A storm pushed seawater into the wilderness area outside the dikes of Marrum. Sadly, 19 horses passed away as a result while the remaining horses ended up marooned on a lowland knoll for three days. News of this story spread across the globe but rescue efforts failed. The horses needed to be lured through the water to safe grounds but nobody could figure out a way of doing this safely. Another storm was approaching, spelling doom for the trapped horses, but that’s when a post appeared on the Friesian horse forum: “Horses and riders sought… Only experienced riders with horses without fear of water.” 7 female riders responded: Susan, Christina, Micky, Hinke, Antje, and Fardow. Watch the video below to see how these brave women rescued nearly 100 horses!
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