An RSPCA rescuer has spoken of the ‘hard’ and ‘very cold’ ordeal of freeing a horse trapped up to its shoulders in three-foot deep mud in a Diss ditch.
In the end, it took a team of 14, including 10 members of the Norfolk Fire Service, the horse’s owner and the RSPCA to free 18-year-old Pin Pin from the deep silt-filled ditch in a two hour battle last month.
The dark bay gelding had escaped from his home paddock three miles away and waded into the ditch.
After the horse was freed enough to be sedated, the team used longs straps and manpower to pull Pin Pin free.
RSPCA inspector and flood rescue co-ordinator Jason Finch said: “The horse was extremely cold when we got him out and was hypothermic.
“We had to wrap him in towels and rub him dry and try to warm him up a bit. We then stayed with the horse and owner until he was well enough to load into a horse box and return him home.
“It was a hard and very cold rescue but it was thanks to the teamwork that we managed to free Pin Pin and get him the veterinary help he needed.”