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Horse rescued after becoming stuck on gate in Rochester

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A horse trying to make his way to a neigh-bouring field had to be rescued after becoming stuck on a gate.

Walkers spotted the skewbald stallion trapped around the metal gate – with his front end one side and his back legs the other and contacted the RSPCA for help.

Inspector Tina Nash went to the scene, at an RSPB nature reserve in Rochester to help the stricken horse.

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She said: “The horse, a stallion, was trying to get to the mares on the other side of the gate and obviously thought he could clear the 4ft gate.

"But it seems this lovely lad isn’t the greatest showjumper and got himself stuck halfway!

“If he’d have spent a little more time looking and investigating, he’d have realised that he could have walked along the fence-line a little further, he could have just trotted around to see his lady friends!”

Tina called for assistance from Kent Fire & Rescue Service in a bid to free the horse without him injuring himself or panicking and injuring any of his rescuers.

The crew fitted straps underneath the horse and carefully winched him up and off of the gate – and back onto all four hooves.”

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The horse needed pain relief from a vet at the scene and was later treated for injuries he sustained but is expected to make a full recovery.

A Kent Fire & Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called at around 14:41 to rescue a horse on Mead Wall near Rochester on August 10.

"One fire engine, along with the animal rescue unit, was sent to the scene. Crews used specialist equipment to lift the horse off a metal gate.

“Animal rescue emergencies are as important as any other for Kent Fire and Rescue Service. The Animal Rescue Unit is made up of specially trained firefighters, who have a passion for helping all creatures great and small.”

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