Firefighters were called out to assist a horse which had got trapped in a 4ft-deep ditch full of water.
The crews were alerted at 9.20am yesterday to the drama at Berrow, in Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.
The horse's owner had dialled 999 after the animal was unable to get out.
One fire appliance from Burnham and the special rescue team from Bridgwater attended, as well as a vet who was able to sedate the horse.
Fire crews made the area safe and then used small gear to cut the bank away to aid in the recovery.
They then used strops, lines and a Land Rover to winch the horse to safety.