Horse jumps into a swimming pool

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A horse in the Isle of Wight had to be rescued after it jumped into a swimming pool.

The horse called Jake stepped onto the pool’s cover thinking that he could walker over the cover. As Jake walked across the swimming pool the cover ripped and Jake tumbled straight through. He was left standing belly-deep, surrounded and trapped by the floating cover.

The owner of the pool called the fire brigade for assistance. Mark Deacon, station manager at Newport, capital of the Isle of Wight, said: “We found him waiting sedately. We called the vet, and consulted the Isle of Wight Fire Service’s equine expert Kirsty Hume, who suggested that we roll the cover over him.”

The firemen rolled the cover from behind Jake to avoid startling him, and over his head. Jake remained calm throughout. With the cover off, firemen were able to attach a lead. After a yank on the lead, Jake clambered out of his own accord.

The attending vet from Liphook Equine Hospital, Florus Oskam said, ‘Jake seemed fine apart from a few minor scrapes on his hind legs. It was quite lucky really. He was a bit stiff the next day, and is having a break from hacking out pending my visit tomorrow.’

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