Rescue teams responded quickly to reports of a horse and rider in distress near Lake Superior on Friday.
The St. Louis County Rescue Squad said on its Facebook page that it was called in to assist with a horse rescue after rider and animal got into trouble in a swampy area north of the Great Lake.
They arrived to find the horse – and for a short time, the rider – were "mired in thick mud," and required some heavy lifting to get the animal out.
The rescue squad is more typically accustomed to rescuing citizens or tourists visiting the area, and are skilled at searching the vast expanses of wilderness of northeastern Minnesota, according to its website.
The squad said it had help finding and lifting the horse Clifton Fire and Rescue, Sheriff's Deputies, US Border Patrol and Duluth Township officers.
"Animals are family," it said on its Facebook page. "And this horse needed help of a jam."