Chainsaws and hand tools have been used to free a horse who had become trapped under a tree in a ditch. 

Firefighters from Eastleigh, Winchester and Poole attended the incident in Bramsaw after the 19-year-old Cob named Ginny got stuck.

A chainsaw team and animal rescue team from the fire service also attended the incident at around 8.30am on Thursday. 

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The teams removed the tree using the chainsaw and hand tools. 

They then rescued Ginny from the ditch using a Manitou - a four-wheel drive telehandler with a telescopic hydraulic arm.

The rescue took several hours with the fire service working closely with Ginny's vet.

A spokesperson said: "We are happy to say that Ginny is now back on all fours and in the care of her owner."