Rescue operation for trapped horse

Spencer the horse with the vet Hannah Duncan
Spencer the horse with the vet Hannah Duncan

A horse sparked a dramatic rescue operation after it became wedged under a large pipe in Thornton.

Animal welfare charity, the Scottish SPCA, was called to the incident at a field in Southend at around 6.00 p.m on Tuesday, July 8.

The seven year old horse, named Spencer, was successfully freed thanks to the efforts of Ashley Griffin, animal rescue officer, the local fire and rescue service and vet Hannah Duncan, from Loch Leven Equine Practice.

Ashley said: “Poor Spencer had become spooked and ended up on his back with his legs trapped underneath the pipe.

“It was very important to free Spencer as quickly as we could and keep him as calm as possible throughout his frightening ordeal.

“The owner had initially tried to pull Spencer out with the assistance of a quad bike but this wasn’t working so we then had to use a tractor along with plenty of manpower.

“By 8.30pm Spencer had been brought to safety and, remarkably, he came away from the incident relatively unscathed, with only a few minor scrapes and cuts.”

She added: “It was a fantastic team effort and Spencer’s owner was extremely grateful to everyone involved in the rescue.”