Horse rescued from field in Hailsham dies from hypothermia

Horse rescued in Hailsham.
Horse rescued in Hailsham.

A horse which was rescued last week after getting stuck in mud in Hailsham has died.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said the bay mare died from hypothermia after being rescued from a field in Old Swan Lane on February 25. It is now searching for the horse’s owner.

The spokeswoman said: “The fire service did a fantastic job rescuing the bay mare from the mud and the RSPCA arranged for her to be taken to a vet which specialises in treating horses.

“Although she appeared to be OK the horse was suffering hypothermia and later died. We would like to thank the fire service, the vets and the member of public who called us about this horse and did all they could to help. We are urgently looking to trace the owner of this horse.”

Last week the Express reported how the landowners of the field pleaded with horse owners not to graze animals on the land because of the conditions of the field. The landowners do not own the horses.

The RSPCA said the horses appeared to belong to a number of different owners and were allegedly being fly-grazed on the land without the owners permission. THE RSPCA spokeswoman said: “Our inspectors are continuing to keep a very close eye on these horses and we share the public’s concerns about the conditions in the field. We would like to reassure the public that we doing all we can, within the law, to help these horses.”

The Express was unable to establish contact with the horse owners before going to press.