The Branham property in Mesa, Ariz. is fairly extensive — large enough for a horse barn. The horses are free to wander where they please, including into the family’s backyard space.
Stormy, a 12-year-old Arabian stallion, had lived on the property for most of his life and had never gotten himself into trouble, but that changed one Saturday morning in October 2014.
Mark Branham was in the backyard playing ball with the family dogs when something went wrong. “All of a sudden I heard ‘splash!’” Branham told 12News at azcentral. “I turned around … and he’s in the pool. He’s got hind legs in the pool, and he’s trying to pull himself out.”
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