CASTRO VALLEY -- A firefighter assisting in a horse rescue was injured Friday when he was kicked by the animal after it fell down an embankment just east of Crow Creek, authorities said.

Crews responded at 10:30 a.m. to the 9500 block of Crow Canyon Road, where the horse had fallen about 50 feet.

During the rescue, a veterinarian sedated the horse while firefighters cut brush and trees on the hill to clear a path to move the animal, said Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles.

Firefighters used a webbed sling to hitch the horse and prevent it from sliding down another 20 feet down and into Crow Creek. A resident then used his tractor to help hoist the horse uphill, Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said.

At some point during the rescue, the horse kicked a firefighter. The firefighter was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Meanwhile, the horse was being evaluated by the veterinarian who sedated it.

Although the horse's injury status was not known, the veterinarian said she was hoping for a good outcome, Bosques said.

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