Two charities, a fire and rescue service and a local vets joined forces to rescue a pregnant mare from a water-filled ditch.
The coloured mare had become trapped in chest-high water near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, when she was spotted by World Horse Welfare field officer Chris Shaw.
Chris and RSPCA inspector Polly Underwood had been making routine checks on a group of horses when they noticed them looking at a nearby ditch. After going to investigate, they found the heavily-pregnant trapped cob.
“The poor mare was struggling to move and appeared to have been trapped for some time in the icy cold water as she was shivering and clearly very distressed,” said Chris. “We called the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service for assistance and they arrived swiftly, plus a vet from local practice, Swanspool Vets, came out to assist.”
After the mare was pulled from the ditch, the team worked hard to dry her off and warm her up.
“Her temperature had plummeted to 34 degrees so it was imperative that we work quickly and thankfully Polly from the RSPCA had a bundle of bed sheets and towels in her car which were on their way to the charity shop,” Chris added.
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The mare was treated with antibiotics, vitamins and painkillers and went on to make a good recovery after the incident on March 7.
“We were able to feed her some hay which is another way to help raise her temperature. Her owner arrived soon after and transported the mare to a safe, warm stable for the night where she could recover. I then visited her the next day and she was doing really well,” Chris said.
“This was a great example of team working with a successful result. If it wasn’t for everyone’s quick response and fast actions then this mare may not have made it but thankfully it is a happy ending for everyone involved.”