Two-hour battle to save horse

Date: Monday 11th February 2019

RESCUERS battled for two hours to save a horse which had become trapped up to its neck in deep mud near Kirkby Stephen.

Firefighters from Kirkby Stephen, Kendal and Sedburgh used large animal rescue equipment and “digging out” techniques with a 4x4 vehicle to free the horse from a heavy bog on Saturday evening.

Only the animal’s head was visible above ground as it had become submerged in at least five feet of mud at Fell End, Ravenstonedale, when the farmer called for the emergency services.

The three fire crews arrived at 5.11pm and were on the scene for more than two hours.

A vet from Pendragon Vets and a Kirkby Stephen mountain rescue team crew was in attendance to help keep the animal calm during the rescue.