A mare had a lucky escape at the weekend when she was rescued from deep water, where she nearly drowned.
The grey cob was spotted struggling in the water by a passer-by at Alberta Caravan Park, Seasalter, Whitstable on Saturday (20 September).
Officers from Kent Fire and Rescue and the RSPCA waded into the water to put a harness on the horse, before dragging her up the bank to safety.
She was unhurt in the incident.
“I was very relieved there was a happy ending to this one. I think we may have been just in the nick of time,” said RSPCA inspector Caz Doe.
“It didn’t look good when we arrived and to be honest, I didn’t think the horse would make it. She was absolutely exhausted and really struggling — we think she had been in the water for at least a couple of hours.
“When she was finally on dry ground, I was amazed she stood up. I had half expected her to collapse from the cold and shock. I put it down to her being in such good condition — she had fat reserves to give her energy to keep her going when other horses just wouldn’t have made it.
“It was such a good example of great teamwork — a really strong joint effort which saved the life of this animal I have no doubt.”
The mare has since been reunited with her owner.