Horse rescued after becoming stuck on railings in a field in Doddington

Horse stuck on fence , Picture: Steve Williams.

Horse stuck on fence , Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Part of Doddington High Street was closed off this morning while fire crews and a vet fought to rescue a horse caught on railings.

The black and white cob called Harry is thought to have become trapped after trying to escape his field close to the Lionel Walden School.

Eyewitness Andrew Warren from March who was on his way home from an appointment from Doddington Hospital was one of the first on the scene.

He helped hold Harry away from the railings’ spikes and kept him calm feeding him Polos until help arrived.

Mr Warren said: “There was already there trying to help and they had raised the alarm. I helped by holding the horse’s head and keeping him clam. Fortunately he managed to miss the spikes when he got stuck but we were worried he might impale himself if he got agitated. He was also getting weaker because he had obviously been struggling to get free and so I just gave him some support.

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“Firefighters used cutting tools to cut the railings after a vet had given the horse a sedative to keep him calm. The owner of the field came down with a crane just in case it was needed. I believe the horse’s owner were out for the day.”

Harry was eventually freed and walked back into the field where the vet from Isle Veterinary Centre gave him the once over to ensure he was uninjured.

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“I don’t think he was hurt, just a bit shaken up by his ordeal,” added Mr Warren.

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