Hatfield and St Albans firefighters help horse in sticky situation
PUBLISHED: 17:46 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 04 September 2018
Hatfield Fire Station
Hatfield and St Albans firefighters were called out to a horse stuck up to her neck in mud in a dramatic operation.
The Hatfield Animal Rescue Unit were joined by St Albans firefighters and a vet after receiving a call at 5.15pm yesterday that a bay mare had managed to get into trouble at Tyttenhanger Green.
The fire service often tweets the hashtag #NotJustFires, and yesterday it was clear why they are so proud of everything else the service is trained to counter.
Hatfield crew commander Graham Smith said the team drew on years of experience as well as specialist equipment to haul the beautiful animal out of her predicament.
A rescue strop looped under her body was used to help spread the horse’s weight across as large an area as possible, before pulling her out in efforts that took nearly an hour and a half.
Later in the operation, they were joined by the next watch, bringing the rescue team to a total of 15 people.
Team members wore drysuits to combat moisture and possible contamination from the mud.
Horses are sensitive animals who pick up on the feelings of people around them, so it’s thanks to the calm presence of the owner that the horse herself remained tranquil throughout.
Thankfully, said Graham, she appeared almost unruffled when she was finally out of her sticky situation, and was in a good condition immediately after the rescue.