Pony rescued after being trapped behind hawthorn bush for four days


A young pony has been rescued by a World Horse Welfare Field Officer after he became trapped trying to access a neighbouring field

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Earlier this month, a young pony was rescued by World Horse Welfare after escaping his field and becoming stuck in a hawthorn bush.

The charity’s UK Welfare team was alerted to the small black cob’s situation by a concerned caller who contacted the charity when she noticed that the horse, which she had spotted from afar four days earlier, had not moved. On driving past again, the caller became concerned that the horse was unable to free itself.

Field Officer Rachel Andrews attended the location and was able to assist by tearing down parts of the hawthorn bush. After managing to free up enough space to put a head-collar on the pony, Rachel was able to lead him to safety.

Rachel said:

“This pony had somehow got stuck between a hawthorn bush and fencing consisting of barbed wire and post and rail. It appeared he was trying to access a neighbouring field.

“I knew I just had to create a space to get him out, so I tore down bits of the hedge and moved some of the broken post and rail until there was room to lead him to safety.

“As soon as I had freed him, he dragged me over to the nearest puddle and started drinking.  We think he was in the bush for four days so it’s no wonder he was dehydrated.”

Pony rescued from bush

As well as being dehydrated, the pony was underweight having been unable to access food for several days. Although there was no lasting damage, Rachel praised the caller for acting when she did:

“Thankfully we got to this horse before it was too late. If he’d been in there much longer, he would have really started to struggle.”

The owner was contacted and moved the horse to a new, secure field after being advised that the current situation was unsafe.



  • We urge horse owners to ensure they visit their horses and ponies a minimum of once a day to check on their welfare and ensure any problems are quickly identified and dealt with as necessary.
  • Fencing should be regularly checked and repaired if required to prevent any injuries and to ensure it is adequate to keep the horses safely contained.
  • In this case it appeared the pony was trying to access the grazing in the neighbouring field; during the winter months, forage such as hay or haylage should be provided in fields where grazing is scarce.