Horse riders urged to avoid treacherous ground after Ringwood incident

Horse riders urged to avoid treacherous ground after Ringwood incident

Sucessful horse rescue...
16 June 2014

Hampshire horse riders are being urged to stick to bridle paths and avoid treacherous ground this summer.

Earlier this week a horse got stuck in boggy ground near Ibsley after the horse and its rider left a nearby bridle path.


The 12 year old 16 hand dressage horse lost its footing on the uneven terrain and sunk its legs into the bog.

Animal Rescue Specialist Jim Green, Officer in Charge of the incident said:


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"It was a laborious job, but the end result was a happy one. Our animal rescue team, along with three local crews, were able to free the horse from the bog and move it to higher, firmer ground. The horse was then helped to its feet and taken back to the stables by its handler. Riders may feel that due to the recent good weather that going across forests and fields will be safe. However, given the rainfall experienced earlier this year, many areas are still heavily waterlogged and may be hazardous to horses and their owners."