THIS stricken horse is back in fine fettle - thanks to an off-duty South Yorkshire firefighter on his way home after his shift.
Ade Bell was running home after finishing his shift at Cudworth Fire Station when he came across the horse on Blacker Lane in Shafton, Barnsley.
He immediately called for assistance and alerted the RSPCA.
And a fire crew from his own station was quickly on the scene but an RSPCA inspector advised them not to cut the animal free until it had been checked over by a vet.
The vet arrived around an hour later by which time Ade had contacted the horse’s owner who arrived and was able to comfort the distressed animal.
Ade said: “The horse had been thrashing away trying to break free.
“By the time it was eventually cut free the horse was totally exhausted.
“Once free it lay there for a few minutes before being helped to its feet.
“The owner then walked it up and down for around 15 minutes while the vet checked it over.
“Thankfully no bones were broken and there were no serious injuries.
“That’s one lucky horse.”