A HORSE had to be put down by a vet this afternoon (Wednesday) after falling into a ditch at an Isle of Wight riding stables.
Crews from Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called at 12.43pm to Hill Farm Riding Stables, in Freshwater, to reports of the trapped 22-year-old horse.
A fire spokesman said crews from Freshwater and Newport were joined by an animal rescue team from Newport and a crane from Ryde to try to pull the horse free.
The horse's legs had given way and a vet chose to put it down once it had been pulled free from the ditch.
Firefighters left the scene after two hours.
*The County Press was initially told by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service the horse had fallen in a ditch but the owner of the livery yard and riding stables this morning (Thursday) said the horse had in fact suffered a suspected stroke.
The horse, which was staying at the yard for a week, was being monitored in a field when it became unwell and was unable to stand up.
With the permission of the horse's owner, a vet put the horse down.