Decision made not to attempt rescue of 18 horses in Stony Lane

Bournemouth Echo: Decision made not to attempt rescue of 18 horses cut off by flood water in Stony Lane Decision made not to attempt rescue of 18 horses cut off by flood water in Stony Lane

A DECISION has been taken this afternoon not to attempt to rescue horses cut off by flood water in Christchurch.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service station manager Dave Graham said: “Concern has been raised for the welfare of 18 horses that are currently isolated by flood waters on Stony Lane, Christchurch.

“The owner of the horses, along with DFRS, the RSPCA and the EA have made a joint assessment of the horses’ welfare and surrounding flood waters.

“They have concluded that they are in good health and are well fed, having been supplied with nine bails of fresh hay yesterday, which was supplied by the owner and delivered by DFRS, which they are still enjoying today.

“They have approximately an acre of land to roam and there is room for a significant rise before the horses will need to be relocated.

“Following a meeting of the relevant agencies it has been decided to leave these ‘hand-shy’ horses in situ, as they are safe and comfortable and the water surrounding them is deep and fast following. Any attempt to rescue the horses would place both the horses and rescuers at significant unnecessary risk.

“The situation is under constant review and the water levels in Stony Lane are being monitored, but are currently receding. Further food will be taken out to the horses as required and in consultation of the owner.”

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5:26pm Wed 8 Jan 14

twynham says...

They look fine in the picture!
They look fine in the picture! twynham
  • Score: 8

6:09pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Probably having a whale of a time those horses. I'm guessing if they weren't they'd move themselves, on their legs, WHICH IS WHAT HORSES HAVE BEEN DOING FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS! Have you seen horses swim, they ain't slow, and they can do it with people on their backs, cos I saw it once in a John Wayne movie, and he was a big bloke, so it must be true. They can also jump fences, really big ones, cos I saw that on the telly watching the Grand National, although unfortunately sometimes they do get injured and sadly get put down, but if you way up the pro's and con's I think in general the horses do quite well from it overall. Apart from Shergar, wherever he is...... Anyway, my kids reckon that if the horses stand in the water long enough they turn into Sea Horses and they're a protected species so you'd better not move them or you'll be in deep manure.
Probably having a whale of a time those horses. I'm guessing if they weren't they'd move themselves, on their legs, WHICH IS WHAT HORSES HAVE BEEN DOING FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS! Have you seen horses swim, they ain't slow, and they can do it with people on their backs, cos I saw it once in a John Wayne movie, and he was a big bloke, so it must be true. They can also jump fences, really big ones, cos I saw that on the telly watching the Grand National, although unfortunately sometimes they do get injured and sadly get put down, but if you way up the pro's and con's I think in general the horses do quite well from it overall. Apart from Shergar, wherever he is...... Anyway, my kids reckon that if the horses stand in the water long enough they turn into Sea Horses and they're a protected species so you'd better not move them or you'll be in deep manure. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 25

9:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

ProudVegan says...

"Further food would be taken.....in consultation with the owner" so they've had to ask her to actually get off her **** and feed the horses? "Word on the street is" the owner hasn't been all too bothered about the welfare of her horses until others have got involved and expressed their concerns....just saying ....
"Further food would be taken.....in consultation with the owner" so they've had to ask her to actually get off her **** and feed the horses? "Word on the street is" the owner hasn't been all too bothered about the welfare of her horses until others have got involved and expressed their concerns....just saying .... ProudVegan
  • Score: 6

8:19am Thu 9 Jan 14

samsmith says...

Cattle in the Highlands are herded from island to island by swimming...
Cattle in the Highlands are herded from island to island by swimming... samsmith
  • Score: 2

9:44am Thu 9 Jan 14

pedantica says...

nine bails of hay? soon be all out then!
nine bails of hay? soon be all out then! pedantica
  • Score: 3

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