“Authorities used a helicopter Thursday afternoon, July 22, to rescue a horse that fell into a steep ditch in the Carmel Valley area.
Mackey and her rider “rolled off a trail and into a ravine in a remote area near” state Route 56 around 12:30 p.m., according to Nina Thompson, a spokesperson with the San Diego Humane Society.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department described the location as a “very steep trail” about three-quarters of a mile from SR-56 off Carmel Valley Road.
Neither Mackey nor her rider were injured, authorities said.
Mackey’s veterinarian showed up to examine her and “provide sedation to reduce stress during the rescue,” Thompson said in a news release….”