A British horse and rider were at the centre of a dramatic rescue after the horse was spooked by a piece of polystyrene and ended up in a ditch in Burnham-On-Sea in Somerset.
Firefighters and passers-by helped haul 16-year-old Charlotte Newey’s horse Ears out of the rhyne, a drainage ditch or canal.
Charlotte was left shaken after the incident this week, and the accident has prompted a safety warning by her relieved father.
“This is the second time in the last three months that riders have been hacking alone and ended up in rhynes and I’d therefore like to warn others about the danger,” he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
“Charlotte is a very competent rider and the horse just reared up which can happen to anyone. But hacking on your own across the levels is dangerous, especially at this time of year when rhynes are full of water. It could be a long time before the rider is found.”
He added: “My thanks go to the fire service, who were great. They were very well equipped to safely pull our horse from the rhyne after she’d been sedated by the Burnham vet. She is recovering well.”