Horse rescued from hole in field in Dales

Photo: North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters and vets came to the rescue of a horse stuck in a hole.

A fire crew from Hawes and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s specialist animal rescue team from Ripon were called out to the incident at 1pm on Saturday.

A horse had become trapped down a large hole in a field in Widdale near Hawes.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Hawes crew were first on the scene and setup a ground winch and strops to start to gently lift the horse out.

“Recent poor weather had left the ground surrounding the incident very wet and slippery.

“Eventually with some crew power, the horse was lifted out.”

The fire service said that throughout the job, the horse’s welfare was being checked over by a vet.

Wensleydale Vets said in a statement on social media: “Huge thanks for the patience and perseverance of the very professional fire crews that assisted us in rescuing a horse today.

“Due to the wet weather the horse had sunk deeper as she attempted to pull herself out.”

“Special thanks to Hawes Fire Crew who went the extra mile ensuring we left her safe, warm and fed.

“Fingers crossed for the horses recovery.”