A HORSE was rescued by firefighters after its legs became trapped in a cattle grid.

One fire engine from Minehead and the special rescue team from Bridgwater were sent to North Hill in Minehead at 11.12am today (March 12) to help a horse with its legs trapped in a cattle grid.

The first fire engine arrived on scene and requested a second appliance for help, which was sent from Minehead.

Crews waited for a vet to attend to sedate the animal and then attempted to use spreaders to move the metal cross members but this was not successful initially.

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Once the specialist rescue team were in attendance, along with a council telehandler, crews used the telehandler to lift the horse at the same time as using spreading equipment and cutting equipment.

"This finally freed the horse from the grid, after being on scene for over an hour and a half. Duty of care was left with the vet and the rider."