Firefighters free horse from mud

A hose reel was tied around the horse

A HORSE had to be hauled to safety by firefighters after becoming stuck in a muddy field on Christmas Day.

The unfortunate animal had to have a hose reel wrapped around it in a bid to coax it free from the mud.

The fire service said the animal had been freed by around 2.30pm (Sun).

The incident happened in a field near Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.

It is understood the owner of the horse contacted the fire service as he required extra manpower to shift it.

After receiving a call at 12.33pm, firefighters laboured for around an hour to free the trapped horse.

A hose was tied around the back end of the horse as they tried to pull it free.

The horse was also encouraged to free itself.

Eventually the animal was led out of the field and was brought to rest on tarpaulin by members of a fire crew based in Innerleithen.

A Lothian and Borders fire and rescue service spokeswoman said: “The horse is now resting on the tarpaulin. A vet is in attendance.

“Fire crews are taking advice from the vet before they leave.”