MISSOULA, Mont. — South Kalispell Fire Chief Chris Yerkes tells NBC Montana all horses that fell through the ice in a pond near Patrick Creek in early December are doing well.
He says the owners have fenced off the area, so the horses can't get in there during the winter.
The chief says that rescue came down to a matter of trial and error, since it's not an event firefighters are specifically trained for.
Now, the South Kalispell Fire Department plans to invest in additional rescue equipment, such as wide straps, since those are what ultimately worked.
The firefighters also are planning to train with Rebecca Farm staff members to tap into some of their expertise.
In the beginning of December, neighbors, animal control, law enforcement and Rebecca Farm workers all helped to get the horses out of the freezing water. It took three hours to get them to safety.