A horse that got stuck after falling on a footbridge is said to have had ‘a lucky escape’ and be in a stable condition after her ordeal.
The mare, who was thought to have been walking over the footbridge when she fell, was found by a man walking his dog in Alfreton, Derbyshire yesterday morning.
The RSPCA, a vet and the fire service promptly arrived at the scene to rescue the stranded horse. Three of her legs had fallen down one side of the bridge, with the other on the opposite side and there were fears that she could have broken her legs.
After being given a local anaesthetic, the horse was pulled free from the bridge and treated immediately by the vet.
The mare thankfully hadn’t received any serious injuries, despite her legs being left bleeding in her panic to escape.
RSPCA’s Chief Inspector for Derbyshire, Simon Parker, who attended the rescue with Animal Welfare Officer Andy Sowden, said: “There is a narrow concrete bridge, which runs over a stream and the horse must have slipped while walking across it.
“All four of her legs got stuck down the sides of the bridge - three over one side and one on the other side. She was in quite a pickle.
“A local vet came down and gave the horse anaesthetic so that we would be able to rescue her promptly. We were very concerned that she might have broken her legs after the fall. She was thoroughly examined after being carefully freed, and thankfully she had not sustained any serious injuries. Her legs had been left bleeding after the incident and this was treated by the vet at the scene.
“An RSPCA officer remained behind after the vet and fire service had gone to make sure that the horse was OK and we’re pleased to say that she seems to have recovered well from the ordeal. She will be a bit sore for a couple of days but she has had a lucky escape.
“Overall it was a successful rescue - the specialist animal rescue team from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service were absolutely fantastic.”
No microchip was found on the horse and the RSPCA are urging the owner of the horse to come forward. If you have any information that can help the RSPCA find the mare’s owner, please call 0300 123 8018.