A 30-year old horse needed rescuing by a specialist team after it became trapped in a stream in Exford, Devon on Thursday.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received reports at 4.54pm of a 30-year old, male, 16 hand tall horse, that had fallen and tripped into a stream.

Control quickly mobilised a specialist rescue team from Barnstaple, together with an animal rescue tactical advisor.

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A spokesperson said: "Upon arrival, crews soon requested the attendance of further appliances for manpower.

"These were mobilised from Minehead and Porlock.

"A vet was also contacted and was soon on scene.

"The vet sedated the horse to keep it calm during the ordeal."

Fire crews were able to successfully rescue the horse using a manual method with strops and ropes.

The horse was still under sedation when the crews managed to retrieve it, but was left with its owner and the vet following the rescue.