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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Police warning after horse trapped in mud put down

A horse that got stuck in quicksand-like mud had to be destroyed.

Police have urged owners to take care after the incident at Castlerigg, near Keswick.

Though the 25-year-old animal was rescued, it had to be put down for medical reasons.

The trapped horse's owner, a 20-year-old woman, from Keswick, stayed with it for almost two hours until it could be released.

“The experience was terrifying and heart-breaking. Sam went straight down and under.

"There was mud everywhere and every time he moved it sucked him back down. It wouldn’t let him go.

“I’ve been riding for around 15 years and have never had a drama. I didn’t see any signs and didn’t realise it was so boggy," she said.

Pc Alan Taylor said incidents such as this - which happened on March 7 - could be avoided by sticking to dry paths and walkways, checking routes on foot first and not going into flooded, wet, or muddy areas or taking unnecessary risks.

“If you are unable to avoid the route ensure the horse walks, avoid trotting or cantering. Even slipping or falling can risk the horse through strains, ligament or tendon damage. At the least there is the inconvenience of a pulled shoe.

“If your horse does become stuck in mud, dismount and let go of the reins, but only if it is safe to do so. Most horses can free themselves from boggy situations," he added.

Anyone who sees a horse stuck in mud should call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234999.

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