Shire horse rescued from Radcliffe pond

Shire horse rescued from Radcliffe pond

Firefighters in Radcliffe have managed to  save a one ton shire horse from death after rescuing it from a pond.

Crews from Broughton and Heywood were called to Scotson Fold Farm in Radcliffe yesterday morning to find Jeremy; a one ton gelding, was  submerged to his neck in water in a pond and unable to free himself.

Looking on were Jeremy’s owners Jenny and Jayen Renshaw and his best friend, a donkey called Misty.

“I stood back I can’t handle seeing him being moved around. It was a close call, the vet gave him a lot of antibiotics and stuff to calm him down. He’s an old guy - he’s 27 years old.

“Misty was standing over there with him. I think she had to turn away at times too! They’re like little and large - they’re best buddies.”

Station Manager, Kevin O’Connor said: “It was up to its neck in water and suffering from hypothermia.

“It kept trying to spin in the water every time we got ready to pull it up it would turn round. He was very close to dying, but the donkey never left its side.

“We also had to protect the owners of the horse from danger, it was lucky no one broke their leg.”

This wasn’t the first time Jeremy has had to be rescued from water by firefighters, his owner Jenny added: “Many years ago he went in the canal and the fire brigade were involved in getting him out then too.”