A horse rescued by firefighters from a field in Hailsham has died and concerns are mounting for another one that appears to be suffering from a skin disease.
Last Tuesday (February 25) firefighters from Herstmonceux and an animal rescue unit from Crowborough helped move a bay mare which was on land adjacent to the Swan Barn Business Centre in Swan Barn Road. An RSPCA inspector also attended the scene to help with the operation, after members of the public expressed concern, which saw the 12 hands high horse lifted to firmer ground. Arrangements were made for her to be taken to vets but the animal was suffering from hypothermia and later died.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said there were concerns for a palomino horse put into the field recently, adding, “Our inspectors are continuing to keep a very close eye on these horses and we share the public’s concerns about the conditions in their field.
“An RSPCA chief inspector visited the horses today (March 4) with a vet to examine the horses. A palomino horse appears to have been put onto the field recently and we have concerns it is suffering with rainscald. We have been unable to find the owners so have left a notice giving the owner 48 hours to get veterinary treatment for the horse.
“The rest of the horses appear to be in fair condition. We are working closely with other horse welfare groups and charities and would like to reassure the public that we doing all we can, within the law, to help these horses. We really appreciate members of the public keeping a close eye on these horses and would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to help them.
“If anyone sees another horse stuck in mud please call our emergency line on 0300 1234999.”
With reference to the horse that died she added, “We would like to thank the fire service, the vets and the member of public who called us about this horse and did all they could to help. We are urgently looking to trace the owner of this horse.”