Seven horses rescued from flooded field in Christchurch

Seven horses rescued from flooded field in Christchurch

Seven horses rescued from flooded field in Christchurch

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CROWDS gathered in Burton on Saturday to watch the rescue of seven horses from a flooded field.

Many had become increasingly concerned about the welfare of the animals, trapped by rising water in a field off Stony Lane.

But a daring twilight rescue by the RSPCA ensured that each horse was settling in to a new home by the evening that day.

Earlier, RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey urged well-wishers to stay away from the site.

“I appreciate and understand how concerned people are,” he said.

“But these horses are not used to being handled, and the number of people here is actually forcing them to an area of lands that we don’t want them to be on.”

The inspector said both the charity and the owner of the horses had been monitoring the situation since the River Avon flooded over the festive season.

He added: “We’ve been keeping an eye on this every day. The horses aren’t in immediate danger and we are in control of the situation.”

An 11-strong team of specially-trained water rescuers from the RSPCA visited the field in the afternoon, wading into the flood to help the animals.

A spokesman from the charity said the horses had become spooked by the number of people wishing to help, and moved into higher water.

“This is a very dangerous situation and one of the hardest types of rescues the RSPCA undertake,” he said. “The horses are wild and uncooperative, there is a fast flowing river next to the field and the field is flooded.”

Sam Groves, 43, of Broadstone, waited at the site all day until the horses were rescued and said: “A lot of people are here wanting to do anything they can to assist.”

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10:29am Mon 6 Jan 14

Wesoblind says...

Mob rule of people who no nothing about horses making a controlled situation into a dangerous one, ive seen the pictures the mob have been sharing one saying "look at this poor horse skin and bones" when if they even had a clue they would know by the arch in the horses back that its pretty old and to me who grew up around horses looked in good condition for its age.
Mob rule of people who no nothing about horses making a controlled situation into a dangerous one, ive seen the pictures the mob have been sharing one saying "look at this poor horse skin and bones" when if they even had a clue they would know by the arch in the horses back that its pretty old and to me who grew up around horses looked in good condition for its age. Wesoblind
  • Score: 11

10:32am Mon 6 Jan 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Not quite the story that has been on many social media sites over the weekend, many have stated that the RSPCA did not act in a manner befitting their organisation at all.
Not quite the story that has been on many social media sites over the weekend, many have stated that the RSPCA did not act in a manner befitting their organisation at all. itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 24

10:33am Mon 6 Jan 14

High Treason says...

You have to wonder why the owner of the horses left them there until they needed rescuing.
You have to wonder why the owner of the horses left them there until they needed rescuing. High Treason
  • Score: 21

11:00am Mon 6 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

There is more suffering in Winton bedsits you know
can someone rescue George for me please.
There is more suffering in Winton bedsits you know can someone rescue George for me please. nickynoodah
  • Score: -12

1:27pm Mon 6 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

Wesoblind wrote:
Mob rule of people who no nothing about horses making a controlled situation into a dangerous one, ive seen the pictures the mob have been sharing one saying "look at this poor horse skin and bones" when if they even had a clue they would know by the arch in the horses back that its pretty old and to me who grew up around horses looked in good condition for its age.
So, you're saying that standing knee deep in water for hours on end is absolutely fine?

No dry feed for weeks?

My word you horsey people really are clever as I would have thought this was not particularly nice or healthy myself. Who knew?

Thanks for sharing.
[quote][p][bold]Wesoblind[/bold] wrote: Mob rule of people who no nothing about horses making a controlled situation into a dangerous one, ive seen the pictures the mob have been sharing one saying "look at this poor horse skin and bones" when if they even had a clue they would know by the arch in the horses back that its pretty old and to me who grew up around horses looked in good condition for its age.[/p][/quote]So, you're saying that standing knee deep in water for hours on end is absolutely fine? No dry feed for weeks? My word you horsey people really are clever as I would have thought this was not particularly nice or healthy myself. Who knew? Thanks for sharing. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 9

3:53pm Mon 6 Jan 14

fairmia says...

Not much from the owner of the horses then, I hope if they value the horses they will be very grateful to the RSPCA and give a generous contribution. Well done to the people who helped and stayed with the horses. Some are to quick to say how sad after an event instead of stopping it in the first place.
Not much from the owner of the horses then, I hope if they value the horses they will be very grateful to the RSPCA and give a generous contribution. Well done to the people who helped and stayed with the horses. Some are to quick to say how sad after an event instead of stopping it in the first place. fairmia
  • Score: -2

7:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Wesoblind says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
Wesoblind wrote: Mob rule of people who no nothing about horses making a controlled situation into a dangerous one, ive seen the pictures the mob have been sharing one saying "look at this poor horse skin and bones" when if they even had a clue they would know by the arch in the horses back that its pretty old and to me who grew up around horses looked in good condition for its age.
So, you're saying that standing knee deep in water for hours on end is absolutely fine? No dry feed for weeks? My word you horsey people really are clever as I would have thought this was not particularly nice or healthy myself. Who knew? Thanks for sharing.
No standing knee deep in water is not good at all but the reason they were was people had spooked them away from the dry area by the road. Where did the no dry feed come from?

If were going on hearsay on social media there are hundreds of children that should be taken into protective custody for the "feed" they are given?
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wesoblind[/bold] wrote: Mob rule of people who no nothing about horses making a controlled situation into a dangerous one, ive seen the pictures the mob have been sharing one saying "look at this poor horse skin and bones" when if they even had a clue they would know by the arch in the horses back that its pretty old and to me who grew up around horses looked in good condition for its age.[/p][/quote]So, you're saying that standing knee deep in water for hours on end is absolutely fine? No dry feed for weeks? My word you horsey people really are clever as I would have thought this was not particularly nice or healthy myself. Who knew? Thanks for sharing.[/p][/quote]No standing knee deep in water is not good at all but the reason they were was people had spooked them away from the dry area by the road. Where did the no dry feed come from? If were going on hearsay on social media there are hundreds of children that should be taken into protective custody for the "feed" they are given? Wesoblind
  • Score: -3

7:55pm Mon 6 Jan 14

mandimac says...

wasnt it the rspca who actually had put the horses in that field after thier original field became flooded ? and they were monitering them as the 80 yr old owner couldnt move the horses herself as they were feral horses so wouldnt have been safe for her to do by herself ? if it wasnt for a photographer who took the original video posting it on his business page on fb then no one would have heard about these horses plight ? the rspca must have took some amount of calls regarding these horses :) at least the horses are safe all thanks to one man and his camera for starting all this
wasnt it the rspca who actually had put the horses in that field after thier original field became flooded ? and they were monitering them as the 80 yr old owner couldnt move the horses herself as they were feral horses so wouldnt have been safe for her to do by herself ? if it wasnt for a photographer who took the original video posting it on his business page on fb then no one would have heard about these horses plight ? the rspca must have took some amount of calls regarding these horses :) at least the horses are safe all thanks to one man and his camera for starting all this mandimac
  • Score: 9

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