HORSE riders are being urged to avoid treacherous ground this summer after a horse was rescued from a bog.

The warning comes just days after the 12-year-old dressage horse lost its footing on uneven terrain near Ibsley, Ringwood, and became trapped.

The horse and its rider had left a nearby bridlepath before the incident took place last Wednesday morning.

Crews from Ringwood, Brockenhurst and Fordingbridge, along with animal rescue specialists, attended to help free the animal in a rescue operation which took several hours.

Jim Green, a rescue specialist and the officer in charge of the incident, said: “It was a laborious job, but the end result was a happy one.

"Our animal rescue team, along with three local crews, were able to free the horse from the bog and move it to higher, firmer ground.”