Two men who saved a horse from drowning at Murwillumbah have said they thought the animal would die in their arms through the night.
Leigh Shepherd said they found their neighbour’s 25-year-old horse, Tilly, struggling in deep water in front of their home on Friday night after his wife heard a noise from the yard.
Mr Shepherd swam out to the horse after his wife declared she was going to get it.
“I couldn’t stand all my friends saying ‘you let your wife swim out into flood waters, what were you doing?’ So obviously I had to go out and get the bloody thing,” he said.
It took several attempts to get the horse to safety, culminating in his son Rob getting an extension cord and using that to lead the horse to a stairwell outside their house.
The horse made it up the stairs and onto the landing, though still in water.
“Once she got …