PADDY the horse found himself in a spot of bother after he got stuck in a muddy drainage channel full of reeds.

Firefighters from Beaulieu, Overton and Winchester came to the eight-year-old pony’s rescue, alongside a HIWFRS animal rescue advisor.

Animal rescue advisor, Jim Green, said: “There were no injuries and that was down to the success of the team work between the vet and fire crews.”

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service tweeted about the incident.

They said:"Poor Paddy needed help after getting stuck in a muddy channel in the #NewForest. Crews from @Beaulieu_49 @WinchesterStn30 and Overton got him to safety, then hosed him down with warm water."

A vet sedated Paddy before the team used strops to pull him to safety.

Once the sedation had worn off, Paddy was hosed down with warm water by fire crews.