Firefighters rescue horse from bog

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Equine insurance customers might be interested to hear that a horse had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming stuck in a bog at a farm in Urmston, Greater Manchester.

The cob slipped down a muddy bank that had become churned after hours of continuous rainfall and could not help itself out.

Station manager of Eccles Fire Station Paul Smitham said the horse was in a very distressed state when they arrived on the scene but once it was rescued, the equine righted itself and trotted off unharmed.

"Working together, we used special animal rescue gear – including boards and ropes – and sheer muscle power to remove the horse from the bog, lifting it over steep banking onto firmer ground," Mr Smitham said.

Last month, a pregnant shire horse near Doncaster had to be rescued from a seven-foot deep cess pit after falling through a concrete cover at her home.

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