How to raise a horse off of the ground.
This is information on how to get a horse back on it's feet. If you want to get a horse up quickly - you will need a Backhoe or Tractor or Bobcat. Quietly tell the horse what you are going to do - I am not joking. First put one tow rope strap around the behind of the front legs of the horse, then the other strap in front of the back legs, or vice-versa. Then move the equipment close to the horse remember equipment is very loud to a horse so expect the horse to get scared. Get someone agile to climb up onto the equipment and tie the tow straps to the hooks of the equipment and slowly lift the equipment up. Sometimes the horse will have a bit of kick other times they have none depending on how ill they are. If the horse is very sick...do not take the straps off. Use your own judgement if you think you can save a horses life if they are not too old. A horses life can be saved if the horse is left in the straps connected to the equipment. The straps will hold the horse up. You can still do everything like feeding and providing water to the horse, brush the horse, with the horse still in the tow straps. You must be very dedicated to the horse as it will need someone to be watching at all times to make sure the horse does not twist the tow ropes. Our horses life was saved with this same method, technique. We fed her, watered her, mucked her out, everything for weeks, day and night. She became stronger and stronger and survived. We worked around the clock and co-ordinated our lives around our horse. It worked, although it was hard work it was very much worth it all. She has repaid us by letting us see her run now.
Another way to raise a horse off of the ground, although we have not tried this method - is to put a penn or three high fence panels around the horse. It only requires three fence panels either side and behind the horse. You must firmly secure the penn (fence) panels with fence posts holding the panels firm. Use a post hole driver for the posts to hold the panels secure. Then get the tow ropes, do as above with the straps. Attach the tow straps to the panels either side. Then get your tow ratchets which are positioned outside of the penn. Then ratchet the horse up with the tow ratchets. Leverage is required as is making sure everything is secure. Good Luck.