A MAJOR operation took place to save a horse trapped in a deep ditch.

The 23-year-old mare Rosy was trapped in the ditch with running water and surrounded by brambles and branches near Woodlands in the New Forest.

Hampshire fire services animal rescue specialists from Lyndhurst were alerted while a min digger was used cut away some of the bank fo the ditch.

The fire service using specialist equipment then managed to lift the horsed out of the ditch before she was examined buy a vet.

Rosey was then led back to a nearby stable block.

Rescue specialist Anton Phillips said: "I am pleased to report that this 23 year old mare Rosy, who is a much loved family pet and former show jumper has made a full recovery much to the relief of her owners."

“This incident is an excellent example of good partnership working between the fire and rescue service and veterinary experts in ensuring the safe rescue of distressed animals.”