This week I found two stories of horses being discovered in the strangest places. One was found in their owner's basement, and the other was found sedated … on top of his veterinarian.

Basement Horse
Remember Erica's blog post about bringing horses into the house? Well, this one just might take the cake when you consider that the horse came into the house on her own. Horse owner Alice Golter found a surprise in the basement of her Elbert County, Colo., home last month when she found her mare, Summer, inside.

Summer fell into a small window well for the basement and through the window, apparently unaware of how close to the house she was getting as she was munching away on grass.

"I came out and I'm looking at the gate here and I only see half a horse sticking out," Golter told Fox31 near Parker, Colo. "At first I'm thinking she's rolling around, and then I realize I don't see the other half of the horse. It was pretty scary."

Because Summer was too big to walk up the steps to get out of the basement, rescue workers called a local veterinarian to sedate the mare while they tore down part of the basement wall. Five hours later, according to ABC News, she was able to walk out on her own.

From these reports, there didn't seem to be any signs of any major injuries, which is a good thing.

Lesson learned: Provide strong enough fences to keep horses away from your back yard and potential hazards close to the house.

Though this occurred a year ago, the story of the veterinarian being rescued from under a sedated horse seems to correlate with Summer's predicament.

Last summer, fire crews from Crediton and North Tawton in Great Britain were called in to help a veterinarian out from a tight situation. There were two vets at the scene who were trying to help a horse that had been caught in a fence, but apparently one vet couldn't keep the horse standing while under sedation and down he went … unfortunately, his fall was cushioned by the second vet.

The fire departments were able to quickly help the veterinarian out from under the sedated horse, then used lines and straps to help release the horse's head and shoulders from a hedge and fence. How that horse got there in the first place and its condition is unknown.

Lesson learned: Stand far away from horses when administering strong sedation--you never know which way they could topple.

Do you have any "hard lessons learned" with horses you'd like to share?