Three fire crews and animal rescue specialists helped to free the 12-year-old horse

Bournemouth Echo: Photograph courtesy of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Photograph courtesy of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

RIDERS are being urged to avoid treacherous ground this summer after a horse was rescued from a bog.

The warning comes just days after the 12-year-old dressage horse lost its footing on uneven terrain near Ibsley, near Ringwood, and became trapped.

The horse and its rider had left a nearby bridle path before the incident took place on Wednesday morning.

Crews from Ringwood, Brockenhurst and Fordingbridge, along with animal rescue specialists, attended to help free the animal in a rescue operation which took several hours.

Jim Green, a rescue specialist and the officer in charge of the incident said: “It was a laborious job, but the end result was a happy one.

“Our animal rescue team, along with three local crews, were able to free the horse from the bog and move it to higher, firmer ground.

"The horse was then helped to its feet and taken back to the stables by its handler. 

“Riders may feel that due to the recent good weather that going across forests and fields will be safe.

"However, given the rainfall experienced earlier this year, many areas are still heavily waterlogged and may be hazardous to horses and their owners.”

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4:22pm Fri 13 Jun 14

kinsonjim says...

Strange, i can't see a fire anywhere, eleven men and God knows how many appliances I hope these people with their horses are insured and charged. Why should tax payers foot the bill for such a fiasco born of stupidity. Hey, perhaps it is their 'ooman-rites' to own a horse.
Strange, i can't see a fire anywhere, eleven men and God knows how many appliances I hope these people with their horses are insured and charged. Why should tax payers foot the bill for such a fiasco born of stupidity. Hey, perhaps it is their 'ooman-rites' to own a horse. kinsonjim
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11:11pm Fri 13 Jun 14

typ nowhere says...

kinsonjim wrote:
Strange, i can't see a fire anywhere, eleven men and God knows how many appliances I hope these people with their horses are insured and charged. Why should tax payers foot the bill for such a fiasco born of stupidity. Hey, perhaps it is their 'ooman-rites' to own a horse.
What part of "and Rescue Service" dont you understand? Why should the riders be charged? Lets face it 99.9% of the incedents that the fire and rescue service attend are the fault of a human.
[quote][p][bold]kinsonjim[/bold] wrote: Strange, i can't see a fire anywhere, eleven men and God knows how many appliances I hope these people with their horses are insured and charged. Why should tax payers foot the bill for such a fiasco born of stupidity. Hey, perhaps it is their 'ooman-rites' to own a horse.[/p][/quote]What part of "and Rescue Service" dont you understand? Why should the riders be charged? Lets face it 99.9% of the incedents that the fire and rescue service attend are the fault of a human. typ nowhere
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6:45am Sat 14 Jun 14

echor23 says...

Firstly firefighters are there because they are a fire and 'rescue' team so not just for fire! However havig said that you may be surprised to learn that this horse has more monetary right technically for being rescued than the thousands of people that call the firefighters each year for flooding! You at think this sounds ludicrous however firefighters are funded for indeed fire and rescue operations but this does not include flooding! They are not funded for flooding and the instances within that criteria in any shape or form so people next time understand that when you call them for flooding they are doing it out of their own good and not evacuate they are legally obliged to!
Secondly this rider was an idiot! Te forest and all who dwell in it know for a fact it has a vast amount of boggy areas whether it has been dry for a period or not! Bridle paths are there for a very good reason - to keep you safe! I find it intolerably unfair that the rider should just ride this horse into what is deemed its hell and has now been out through hell to simply step off scott free! Yes this rider should at least be charged for time for the emergency services of not by animal authorities as it is paramount that all riders use bridle paths and te majority or new forest riders know this!
Firstly firefighters are there because they are a fire and 'rescue' team so not just for fire! However havig said that you may be surprised to learn that this horse has more monetary right technically for being rescued than the thousands of people that call the firefighters each year for flooding! You at think this sounds ludicrous however firefighters are funded for indeed fire and rescue operations but this does not include flooding! They are not funded for flooding and the instances within that criteria in any shape or form so people next time understand that when you call them for flooding they are doing it out of their own good and not evacuate they are legally obliged to! Secondly this rider was an idiot! Te forest and all who dwell in it know for a fact it has a vast amount of boggy areas whether it has been dry for a period or not! Bridle paths are there for a very good reason - to keep you safe! I find it intolerably unfair that the rider should just ride this horse into what is deemed its hell and has now been out through hell to simply step off scott free! Yes this rider should at least be charged for time for the emergency services of not by animal authorities as it is paramount that all riders use bridle paths and te majority or new forest riders know this! echor23
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