A SHOW horse which rocked itself into a hole in its bedding and could not stand up was rescued.
The large mare, called Mo, had accidentally created a ditch in the straw inside its stable at a farm in Howard’s Lane, Eccleston, St Helens, and could not free itself.
Crews from Eccleston fire station were called out at 12pm on New Year’s Eve to free the 14-hand horse, which was becoming distressed.
They used high pressure air bags to raise Mo back to a standing position in a 20-minute operation made difficult by the cramped conditions and scared animal.
Watch manager Alan Moore said: “Because of where she was we could not use our conventional equipment so we decided to use the air bags for lifting cars.
“She did not seem so big on the ground but once she was up and moving around we realised how huge she was – as big as a police horse.”