In the end, the tow truck wasn't needed. The horse was lifted free with ropes, soggy but evidently unscathed.
The Vaughan fire department got the call shortly after 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. In a farmer's field near the intersection of Hwy 427 and Sideroad 17, a horse had been spied, trapped in a pond.
"A person came across it," a spokeswoman for the fire department said. "It was believed it had been there all night."
It wasn't immediately clear whether the horse belonged to the farmer or was a runaway.
Either way, help was needed.
Police and firefighters were summoned, and a tow truck was ordered up too.
While they waited, firefighters fashioned a kind of sling, made of ropes, and began hoisting it out, Half an hour later the beast was walking free and the tow truck was cancelled.
"So they didn't need the tow," the spokeswoman said, "But you never know, eh?"