FIREFIGHTERS came to the rescue of a distressed pony stuck in a dyke in Hailsham at the weekend.
Two crews from Crowborough and one from Hailsham were called out to White Dyke Farm, in Mill Road, at 3.40pm on Sunday (January 29).
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was on hand until 5.20pm helping to free the pony and called for the assistance of a vet at the scene, as standard policy.
A firefighter from the Crowborough Animal Rescue Team said: “There was a young girl riding her pony when they ended up in the dyke.
“She had managed to get out by the time we arrived but was understandably distressed.
“A passer-by had contacted the emergency services to alert them and Hailsham were already in attendance by the time we arrived.
“We attached a line to the horse’s collar just to keep it above water and then did the usual thing of lifting the pony out with the crane.
“The young girl was very appreciative as a horse can be a much-loved pet and often feels like a member of the family.
“We always advise horse owners to fence off any ponds nearby the animal’s field, but on this occasion it was just bad luck.”