A hunter has had a lucky escape after he became stuck on a fence.
A vet and three fire crews from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, including an animal rescue team, arrived to help free “Henry” from his predicament on Monday (8 February).
His owner, Netia Walker, who hunts with the Beaufort, described it as a “jolt” back to reality after enjoying a weekend away.
“It was seriously windy, so I went outside to catch the horses and bring them in,” she told H&H.
“Henry refused to come in and it took ages battling through the gale to get them.
“Then I heard a thunder of hooves and saw he had jumped all the fences around to home.”
She said that she saw him slip, his front legs went up in the air and came down on the wrong side of the five-bar gate — leaving him stuck.
“The poor thing just blotted his copy book,” she added.
“He looked at me, but there was nothing I could do.
“I called the vet first, who was amazing because he is really nervous and doesn’t really like anyone but me around him.”
A vet from B&W Equine Vets’ Willesley practice arrived to sedate Henry so he could be freed.
However, he panicked and trapped his leg further in the gate.
The vet sedated him and sawed off one of the beams to free his limb.
Firefighters then arrived to release the rest of the horse.
As Henry was trapped over the point of the gate, cutting through the top beam would have risked impaling him on the spoke underneath.
The firefighters carefully sawed through parts of the structure to allow Henry to be freed, unscathed.
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“The firefighters were amazing, absolutely incredible,” said Mrs Walker.
She added that Henry was “so lucky” to escape without injury and he is going hunting next week.