Warning after horse rescue

Horse rescue
Horse rescue

Animal owners are being reminded to secure grazing areas and fence off ditches and open water spots after a horse rescue today (July 9).

At 7.25am fire-fighters and a rescue vehicle were called to reports of a horse trapped in a mudfilled ditch off Prickwillow Road, Isleham. The grey horse was stuck in a deep ditch on the edge of a field. A vet was called to sedate the horse. Crews, including specially trained animal rescue personnel, used strops to begin releasing the horse from the mud.

Owing to the tight access into and out of the ditch, a local farmer with a teleporter assisted in using “drag techniques” to rescue the horse, which was left in the care of a vet.

The horse was released by 9.40am and crews returned to their stations by 11am.

Russell Metcalfe, Animal Rescue Specialist at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said this is a timely reminder for not just horse owners, but all animal owners, to make sure the area where their animals graze or are kept is safe and free from hazards.

He said: “In hot weather, animals will often look for shady places or spots where they can cool down, like water-filled ditches, dykes and ponds.

“We’re urging farmers, horse owners and other pet-owners to make sure ditches and places of open water are effectively fenced off to avoid any animals getting stuck. Seeing your animal in distress can be extremely traumatic for owners, so please take steps to minimise the risk of this happening to you. This was a particularly difficult rescue because the horse was extremely wedged in, but luckily crews worked very hard to apply all their training and get the horse out safely and calmly.”