A Shetland pony in Hertfordshire has been rescued by firefighters after falling into a 10ft sinkhole.

The skewbald fell into the hole overnight and a team of rescuers came to his aid the following morning (22 January).

Crews from Garston, Hatfield and St Albans Fire Station arrived at the scene and realised the challenging nature of the task before them.

The pony had little room, so access was very limited to free him from his predicament.

Credit: Simon Tuhill

Credit: Simon Tuhill

A vet from Chiltern Equine assessed the pony and administered a sedative. A restraint system and ladder allowed the vet to reach the pony safely.

Crews then carefully dug around the hole to provide more room without causing the earth to collapse.