A picture taken on April 9, 2021 in Saignelegier shows a horse  being airlifted during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Foals rush in where angels fear to tread: Swiss military test helicopter horse evacuation procedure

No need for long faces here - Swiss military trial a new method of transporting injured horses to vets using Super Puma helicopters.

Giddy up! A team of vets based at the Vetsuisse Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Saignelegier, Switzerland, have teamed up with the Swiss army to trial a new method of transporting and evacuating injured horses via helicopter.

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Champing at the bit

Vets prepare three horses before they are airlifted during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter in Saignelegier on April 9, 2021. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Vets prepare three horses before they are airlifted as part of the training exercise. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Hoist that horse!

A picture taken on April 9, 2021 in Saignelegier shows a horse being airlifted during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
The exercise took place on 9 April 2021 in Saignelegier in Jura, Switzerland. The project aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Hold your horses

A picture taken on April 9, 2021 in Saignelegier shows a horse being airlifted during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
The horses were fitted with a specially designed harness to keep them comfortable on their journeys. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Don’t spare the horses!

A picture taken on April 9, 2021 in Saignelegier shows three horses being airlifted together during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
The Super Puma helicopters were able to transport the horses without causing them unnecessary distress. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Who ordered the life-sized pinata?

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on April 9, 2021 in Saignelegier shows three horses being airlifted together during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
The horses remained calm throughout the trip. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Triple threat

TOPSHOT - Three horses are about to touch ground after being airlifted during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter in Saignelegier on April 9, 2021. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
A group of three horses successfully complete their trip. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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Get off your high horse

A horse is about to touch ground after being airlifted during a test by Swiss army forces on hoisting horses with a helicopter in Saignelegier on April 9, 2021. - The scientific project, carried out by the Vetsuisse faculty of veterinary medicine and the Swiss army veterinary service, aims at transporting and rapidly evacuating injured horses to a medical veterinary infrastructure. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
A solo horse touches down. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
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