Woman thanks firefighters who rescued her horse from mud

Firefighters rescuing Duchess from the mud on Saturday. Photo: TASHA GOODSON.

Firefighters rescuing Duchess from the mud on Saturday. Photo: TASHA GOODSON.

Firefighters rescuing Duchess from the mud on Saturday. Photo: TASHA GOODSON.

Firefighters rescuing Duchess from the mud on Saturday. Photo: TASHA GOODSON.

First published in News

A COUNTY woman has thanked firefighters who helped free her horse from mud.

Bromyard's Animal Rescue Team was called to help rescue 28-year-old Shire Horse Duchess who had become trapped in mud up to her waist in a field at her Munderfield home at around 3.30pm on Saturday .

After six hours, the rescue team was able to free her, using strops and a slide board.

Owner, Vicki Goodson, 58, said that Duchess, who weighs more than a ton and stands at around 17 hands tall, has been given some pain killers by vets but was not injured during the incident.

She wanted to thank the firefighters who attended and helped rescue her horse during the "traumatic experience".

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10:17am Tue 29 Jul 14

mizza21 says...

I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives.
It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency.
Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out.
Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it.

Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.
I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives. It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency. Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out. Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it. Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance. mizza21
  • Score: -30

10:51am Tue 29 Jul 14

Gillian1961 says...

mizza21 wrote:
I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives.
It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency.
Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out.
Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it.

Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.
The fire service rescued to cows from the river lung at sutton st nicholas the other week
[quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives. It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency. Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out. Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it. Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.[/p][/quote]The fire service rescued to cows from the river lung at sutton st nicholas the other week Gillian1961
  • Score: 5

11:18am Tue 29 Jul 14

katie xx says...

It actually says in the report that the bromyard animal rescue team were thanked, therefore would not have been called to a fire if not called to this mission anyway!
It actually says in the report that the bromyard animal rescue team were thanked, therefore would not have been called to a fire if not called to this mission anyway! katie xx
  • Score: 12

11:18am Tue 29 Jul 14

Spacegazer says...

The fire and 'rescue' service will have made an assessment over what commitments they had to deal with and will have prioritised them. Our taxes pay for a multitude of services, one of which being the fire and rescue service who carry out several roles as part of their job, not just putting out fires. To say the owner should be charged is ridiculous. She didn't put the horse in the mud. Likewise, the farmer recently didn't put his cows in the mud. The fire service were able to assist and save the animals life, which is a good job as far as I can see. You never know what you may need them for one day, and would you expect a bill for their service? Anyway - who else is the horse owner going to call?
The fire and 'rescue' service will have made an assessment over what commitments they had to deal with and will have prioritised them. Our taxes pay for a multitude of services, one of which being the fire and rescue service who carry out several roles as part of their job, not just putting out fires. To say the owner should be charged is ridiculous. She didn't put the horse in the mud. Likewise, the farmer recently didn't put his cows in the mud. The fire service were able to assist and save the animals life, which is a good job as far as I can see. You never know what you may need them for one day, and would you expect a bill for their service? Anyway - who else is the horse owner going to call? Spacegazer
  • Score: 19

11:20am Tue 29 Jul 14

Chipper Dinosaur says...

Livestock is a big part of the local economy, thus animal rescues are a vital part of the service people pay for.
Livestock is a big part of the local economy, thus animal rescues are a vital part of the service people pay for. Chipper Dinosaur
  • Score: 18

12:24pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Moreteavicar? says...

I would have thought a modicum of common sense woul have seen any potentially dangerous area fenced off? Therefore, this was not an unavoidable "emergency".
I would have thought a modicum of common sense woul have seen any potentially dangerous area fenced off? Therefore, this was not an unavoidable "emergency". Moreteavicar?
  • Score: -13

12:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Clarkester says...

MoreTeaVicar...
I'm not sure if you know this, but horses love fences!
They absolutely love them! If it had been fenced off, the horse would have been in there even quicker!
I've seen it on the telly... Horses haring off after each other, jumping over fences, with those funny little backpacks on... You know the ones, they look like the little people.
MoreTeaVicar... I'm not sure if you know this, but horses love fences! They absolutely love them! If it had been fenced off, the horse would have been in there even quicker! I've seen it on the telly... Horses haring off after each other, jumping over fences, with those funny little backpacks on... You know the ones, they look like the little people. Clarkester
  • Score: 10

2:44pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Ubique1 says...

At one time the Fire Brigade were called just that - they are now call Fire and Rescue - they are now highly trained to attend incidents with the sole responsibility to rescue . The Fire and Rescue have the ability to priotise the calls they attend and they would , if need , have to leave this incident to attend a higher priority. I certainly do not have a problem with that.
At one time the Fire Brigade were called just that - they are now call Fire and Rescue - they are now highly trained to attend incidents with the sole responsibility to rescue . The Fire and Rescue have the ability to priotise the calls they attend and they would , if need , have to leave this incident to attend a higher priority. I certainly do not have a problem with that. Ubique1
  • Score: 11

8:07pm Tue 29 Jul 14

A55K1KKR says...

mizza21 wrote:
I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives.
It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency.
Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out.
Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it.

Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi
[quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives. It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency. Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out. Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it. Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.[/p][/quote]The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi A55K1KKR
  • Score: 12

8:33pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

comment from mizza21,Hereford Fire and Rescue services have more than one Fire Appliance,thats a Big Red Truck that goes nee nor nee nor,blart,blart,with blue lights on the top,i did'nt know Horses were chargeable,i thought they ran on hay and oats and grass and Polo's.silly me!! You see Paramedics in Ambulances attending to the idiots that get drunk on a Friday and Saturday night,are they charged?
comment from mizza21,Hereford Fire and Rescue services have more than one Fire Appliance,thats a Big Red Truck that goes nee nor nee nor,blart,blart,with blue lights on the top,i did'nt know Horses were chargeable,i thought they ran on hay and oats and grass and Polo's.silly me!! You see Paramedics in Ambulances attending to the idiots that get drunk on a Friday and Saturday night,are they charged? xantiaman
  • Score: 12

8:36pm Tue 29 Jul 14

xantiaman says...

you can also charge your car battery., has that got special insurance?
you can also charge your car battery., has that got special insurance? xantiaman
  • Score: -2

5:58am Wed 30 Jul 14

Moreteavicar? says...

xantiaman wrote:
comment from mizza21,Hereford Fire and Rescue services have more than one Fire Appliance,thats a Big Red Truck that goes nee nor nee nor,blart,blart,with blue lights on the top,i did'nt know Horses were chargeable,i thought they ran on hay and oats and grass and Polo's.silly me!! You see Paramedics in Ambulances attending to the idiots that get drunk on a Friday and Saturday night,are they charged?
No - but they should be!
[quote][p][bold]xantiaman[/bold] wrote: comment from mizza21,Hereford Fire and Rescue services have more than one Fire Appliance,thats a Big Red Truck that goes nee nor nee nor,blart,blart,with blue lights on the top,i did'nt know Horses were chargeable,i thought they ran on hay and oats and grass and Polo's.silly me!! You see Paramedics in Ambulances attending to the idiots that get drunk on a Friday and Saturday night,are they charged?[/p][/quote]No - but they should be! Moreteavicar?
  • Score: 10

10:13am Thu 31 Jul 14

mizza21 says...

A55K1KKR wrote:
mizza21 wrote:
I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives.
It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency.
Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out.
Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it.

Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi
What a preposterous example.
Do some research please...
Ghandi is not a suitable example to anyone, morally or otherwise.

I can't stand horses, they have horrible big heads and should all be turned into dog food.
[quote][p][bold]A55K1KKR[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: I wonder what would have happened had there been a fire at the same time endangering people's lives. It's a horse. This should be chargeable and is certainly not an emergency. Farmers, I am sure, would love this service every time their cattle or sheep get into trouble they could call the fire bobbies out. Cats in trees and this sort of thing are an unnecessary expense and I am most certainly not happy for my taxes to be spent on it. Of course I am not suggesting the horse should be left to die in the mud, but the owner should be charged and should have insurance.[/p][/quote]The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi[/p][/quote]What a preposterous example. Do some research please... Ghandi is not a suitable example to anyone, morally or otherwise. I can't stand horses, they have horrible big heads and should all be turned into dog food. mizza21
  • Score: -6

1:06pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Moreteavicar? says...

I think the French have the right idea about horses - slap 'em in a burger bun!
I think the French have the right idea about horses - slap 'em in a burger bun! Moreteavicar?
  • Score: -4

1:41pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Clarkester says...

I had a horse burger in Yugoslavia a good few years ago.
Tasted fine.
Would I have it again?
Neigh!
I had a horse burger in Yugoslavia a good few years ago. Tasted fine. Would I have it again? Neigh! Clarkester
  • Score: 6

3:16pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Ubique1 says...

Mizza - cannot believe it ...... -27 ....must be a record ..,,, or the rest of the posters believe that you are wrong in your opinion . Having said that it's a free country and all opinions are considered - you are still wrong with your opinion . My regards to you . ( ex Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery )
Mizza - cannot believe it ...... -27 ....must be a record ..,,, or the rest of the posters believe that you are wrong in your opinion . Having said that it's a free country and all opinions are considered - you are still wrong with your opinion . My regards to you . ( ex Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery ) Ubique1
  • Score: 6

10:01am Mon 4 Aug 14

mizza21 says...

Thanks for all the voting down.

I did say I don't think the poor old hoss should be left to die in the mud.
I just don't want my taxes to be spent on it's rescue.
I can't afford to keep a horse. It's a privilege of the wealthy. I am struggling to understand how it can possibly be justifiable to pay for the rescue of a horse from some mud with my taxes. Surely an insurance scheme for those what can clearly afford it would be preferable.
What next....an NHS for pets? Paid for by our taxes?
Thin end of the wedge..
Thanks for all the voting down. I did say I don't think the poor old hoss should be left to die in the mud. I just don't want my taxes to be spent on it's rescue. I can't afford to keep a horse. It's a privilege of the wealthy. I am struggling to understand how it can possibly be justifiable to pay for the rescue of a horse from some mud with my taxes. Surely an insurance scheme for those what can clearly afford it would be preferable. What next....an NHS for pets? Paid for by our taxes? Thin end of the wedge.. mizza21
  • Score: -3

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