UPDATE: Firefighters rescue horse from ditch near Polegate

Horse rescued by ESFRS and Kent Animal Rescue in Shepham Lane. Photo by Nathan Dunbar.
Horse rescued by ESFRS and Kent Animal Rescue in Shepham Lane. Photo by Nathan Dunbar.

A horse was rescued by firefighters on Sunday afternoon (February 19), after it got stuck sideways in a ditch near Polegate.

The trapped animal had reportedly been spooked by a pram and fallen backwards into the ditch by Shephams Lane, Stone Cross, leading to a call out at 10.15am, a spokesperson for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said.

Horse rescued by ESFRS and Kent Animal Rescue in Shepham Lane. Photo by Nathan Dunbar.

Horse rescued by ESFRS and Kent Animal Rescue in Shepham Lane. Photo by Nathan Dunbar.

A specialist animal rescue team from Kent were called in to assist the two fire crews with a crane to help the horse out, and it is likely the horse was slightly sedated as it was moved.

The horse’s rider Sam Teague, of Langney, was unharmed in the fall and the horse was freed by 12.40pm with no reported injuries.

Mrs Teague said, “It was terrifying, he’s an old horse so I was worried about his heart.”

She said she was nearly back at her horse Jawzan’s stable when a man walking a pram came from the other direction. The horse became spooked and took a few steps back.

She said, “It was scary because I knew the ditch was there, I knew what was going to happen.

“We were lucky because it was a very narrow ditch and there wasn’t room for both of us.”

She said numerous fire engines arrived and a vet that half sedated the animal; overall it took around two hours to get him out.

Mrs Teague added, “I would like to say to the man pushing the pram that it really wasn’t his fault, please don’t feel bad.

“My horse is fine, we slowly walked him back to the stables, and he’s back eating the grass with his friends now,

“But maybe if you see a horse worried about a pushchair, just stand still whilst we pass, don’t stop then go again.

“I know you want to protect you children, but the horse won’t do anything it will just try to avoid the pram.

“But really it wasn’t your fault.”

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