Trouble, and help, can sometimes come out of nowhere. That was the case when Nicole Graham and her 17-year-old horse, Astro, became stuck in the mud which acted more like quicksand.

The tide was rising and time was dwindling to get the animal and herself to safety.

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Astro’s owner, Nicole, had been out on a ride with her daughter when suddenly their horses sank into the mud. They were riding south of Melbourne, Australia like they had done countless times before and had no way of seeing the danger ahead.

Nicole told the Daily Mail UK that it was a nightmare situation.

“I’ve been riding here for 20 years and never had a drama. I’ve never seen any signs and didn’t realize it was so boggy.”

In the blink of an eye, their peaceful ride turned into a full-blown emergency situation!

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The smaller horse Nicole’s daughter was riding was partially swallowed up into the Earth without warning. Thankfully, she was able to help her daughter get her horse to safety – but freeing Astro from the mud was a much more difficult task.

It would take a great deal of might and determination to free the massive animal from the depths of the mud!

To their dismay, each time they tried to free the horse, he seemed to sink deeper and deeper into the mud. The daughter ran for help and Nicole stayed by her horse’s side.

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Nicole refused to let go of his neck, and for three hours kept hope that her beloved horse could be set free. Nicole owns more than 10 horses and each one is a special friend to her.

She was not about to give up hope, even in the face of an unstoppable rising tide!

Finally, her daughter was able to summon help from a local farmer who showed up with a tractor and a veterinary team. A helicopter was even put on standby as a last resort if needed. It was a race against time and the tide, and thankfully the entire team was able to free Astro.

With the love and determination of her owner, dehydration was all that Astro faced through the ordeal and he was quickly brought back to health.

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Watch the effort below to save this beautiful horse. What love and dedication!

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