Horse rescued from icy ditch

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:49 08 December 2010

The horse did not suffer any serious injuries

The horse did not suffer any serious injuries

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A HORSE got a little more than it bargained for when it went out for an early morning stroll on Thursday morning (Dec 2).

The five-year-old brown horse, called Freddy, got stuck in a water-filled ditch in Mark and had to be rescued by the fire service in freezing conditions at around 8.40am.

Having escaped from his stables at Willow Farm in Vole Road, the horse walked onto the ice-covered ditch, slipping into the sub-zero temperature water up to its neck.

Two fire pumps from the Burnham fire station, and a pump and a specialist animal rescue land rover from Bridgwater arrived on the scene as well as the horse’s owners, and the horse was pulled from the water.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue group manager Matt Goodman said: “The horse had obviously been in the water for a bit of time, by the time we got him out with the specialist equipment he was very, very cold.”

Louise Allen, owner of Willow Farm, said: “Freddy is an eventing horse owned by my daughter Rosie.

“Rosie got frostbite on her toes when she was in the ditch with the horse, and it’s lucky that she’ll be ok for her wedding this week.

“I think he just slipped after walking on the ice and thinking it was stable. His legs are a bit swollen, but he’s absolutely fine now.”

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