‘Shivering’ horse rescued from North Yorkshire river

NewsHorse Welfare NewsMonday 20 February 2012
A horse stuck down a steep river embankment in North Yorkshire has been rescued by firefighters.

Firefighters from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene after receiving reports of a horse stuck at Kirby Wiske near Northallerton, North Yorkshire on the morning of Sunday 19 February 2012.

First, an appliance from Northallerton attended and soon requested further assistance. Subsequently, an appliance from Thirsk and the water rescue unit from Ripon attended.

The horse was eventually freed using various lines and a great deal of manpower, a report from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service states.

A local vet took a look at the horse and found it to be cold and wet, but otherwise uninjured, the report states.

Station manager Rob Horton told The Northern Echo: “When we got the horse out, it was shivering and after a vet checked it over, it appeared fine.

“The landowner said he would make some efforts to move the three horses in that field to another one to prevent this happening again.”

Photo: Northallerton Fire Station by Kevin Hale (Creative Commons)
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