We helped to rescue a stray pony after he stepped onto the hard cover of a swimming pool in Chichester, and plunged through getting trapped between two sections of the broken cover.

Horse rescued from swimming pool © RSPCA

The incident happened at a house in Marsh Lane, in Runcton, near Chichester on Thursday morning.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Marie Stevens said:

“I arrived just after the fire brigade at 7.30am to find the black and white pony up to his neck in the shallow end of the pool.


“A fire officer went into the water with a harness for the pony and held him as one side of the cover was removed.


“Several thousand gallons of water were then pumped out and the pony was led round to the steps which were strewn with hay to make him feel more comfortable about stepping on them and climbing out.


“We had a vet on standby to check him over and he started eating straight away so we knew he was not too troubled by his watery adventure.”

We have made arrangements for the pony’s short term care. If anyone recognises this pony and knows who the owner is they can call 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Marie Stevens.

Find out more about our rescue work and read some more animal rescue stories.

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