A HORSE that got itself stuck in a gate was freed by firefighters this afternoon (Sunday).
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service was called to the unusual incident in Pound Lane, Calbourne, at around 3.30pm.
It is believed the horse had attempted to jump a five-bar gate from one paddock to another and somehow got one of its trailing hooves caught in it.
Newport Fire Station manager Jeff Walls led the rescue, which involved nine other crewmen.
He said: "It is unsure if the horse had been startled, but as it jumped the gate, it got one of its rear hooves caught tight between the bars, while its other three legs ended up over the other side of it.
"The hoof was wedged into quite a tight area and the horse was basically perched over the gate — straddling it.
"It could’ve easily broken its leg.
"While we were waiting for the vet to arrive, the horse’s owners calmed the animal.
"We used an animal crook, a specialist piece of our animal rescue equipment, to tease the hoof out of the gate while we unbolted the gate from the post and carefully lowered it flat to the ground.
"Thankfully, the horse was able to walk off. All indications were that the horse was OK.
"It was certainly an interesting one for us to deal with."
The operation lasted 20 minutes.