Pregnant Mare Trapped in Water-Filled Ditch Saved by Team Effort

24/03/2017

World Horse Welfare, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, RSPCA and Swanspool Vets work together to help free desperate mare stuck in high water

World Horse Welfare Rescue Pregnant Mare From Ditch

The mare was struggling to move and appeared to have been trapped for some time

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Chris Shaw was at the centre of a dramatic rescue when a pregnant mare had fallen and become trapped in a water-filled ditch near Wellingborough earlier this month.

Chris was making routine checks on a group of horses along with RSPCA Inspector, Polly Underwood, when they noticed the group looking in the direction of a nearby ditch. On closer inspection, they found a heavily pregnant mare stuck chest high in a ditch filled with water. Chris said:

“The poor mare was struggling to move and appeared to have been trapped for some time in the icy cold water as she was shivering and clearly very distressed. We called the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service for assistance and they arrived swiftly, plus a vet from local practice, Swanspool Vets, came out to assist.

"Her temperature had plummeted to 34 degrees so it was imperative that we work quickly"

“We were eventually able to pull the mare out and begin the process of drying her off and helping warm her up. Her temperature had plummeted to 34 degrees so it was imperative that we work quickly and thankfully Polly from the RSPCA had a bundle of bed sheets and towels in her car which were on their way to the charity shop!

“The vet treated her with antibiotics, multivitamins and painkillers and we were able to feed her some hay which is another way to help raise her temperature. Her owner arrived soon after and transported the mare to a safe, warm stable for the night where she could recover. I then visited her the next day and she was doing really well.

“This was a great example of team working with a successful result. If it wasn’t for everyone’s quick response and fast actions then this mare may not have made it but thankfully it is a happy ending for everyone involved.”