Heroes Dig Out Old Horse Swallowed by Sinkhole | Care2 Causes~ Maryann ran across the pasture in a panic & found Nate down in a hole as tall as a man- he couldn’t stand. Wildwood Fire Dept arrived & joined the dig. They secured straps under Nate to lessen his weight so he could straighten his legs & emerge. Maryann left to find the vet; when she saw Nate out of the hole "I ran over & gave him a big hug & got the usual huge nudge with his head against my chest." Nate's doing fine.