Photos: Firefighters rescue a startled horse from Hereford Creek

PHOTOS show how firefighters rescued a horse stuck in a stream in Hereford.

The Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to help the 16-handed thoroughbred horse who had been startled and fallen into the Lower Bullingham stream.

A telehandler lifted Rio from the creek. Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

Crews from Hereford and Bromyard Fire Stations attended the scene, including animal rescue specialists, to free the horse – after he was sedated.

The Bromyard-based Animal Rescue Team said Rio, the 16-handed thoroughbred, was being cared for by Belmont Farm and Equine Vets as he worked out a rescue plan.

She was lifted and placed on the embankment.  Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

She was lifted and placed on the embankment. Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

A telehandler was found to lift Rio from the ditch and take her to safety after the incident at 8:04 a.m. on Monday June 6.

Rio was then put on a board and taken back to her stable.  Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

Rio was then put on a board and taken back to her stable. Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

Photos taken by firefighters at the scene show how strops and a harness were placed around Rio so she could be lifted.

After Rio was pulled out of the creek, she was placed on a large guild board that crews could drag to her stable.

Shortly after, she was able to get up.  Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

Shortly after, she was able to get up. Photo: Bromyard Fire Station

Shortly after, crews said she was able to stand and vets could perform a full health inspection.