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Firefighters were called out to rescue a New Forest pony last week after it got stuck in a mire.

A dog walker called Hampshire Fire and Rescue at 11.40am last Thursday (1 April) after spotting the pony stuck in a bog at West Wellow Common, near the A36.

Firefighters believe the pony, which is blind in one eye, strayed off the main path and into the bog.

When the firecrew arrived they found the New Forest pony stuck on its side.

They inflated a rescue path to enable them to work on stable ground as it was very boggy. They then applied strops around the pony and dragged it onto hard standing.

“We believe the animal had been down for many hours, unable to help itself,” said Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service animal rescue specialist Jim Green.

“Once freed, fed and back on dry land the pony got up on its feet and was led to the warmth and safety of a stable to recover.”

The pony was unhurt and reunited with its owner.