Seven Dorset horses saved from floods by RSPCA

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Rescuers in Dorset saved a herd of wild horses as they became trapped by flood waters at the weekend.

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Seven cob horses were taken from the flooded fields surrounding the River Avon in Christchurch, near the New Forest, to dry land by RSPCA inspectors on Saturday. 

The challenging rescue was made all the more difficult with the untamed horses being uncooperative and difficult to calm down in such distressing circumstances, as the team risked their own wellbeing to get the animals to safety.

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The rescue had been days in the planning and took several hours to carry out but eventually, with the help of the police and members of the public, the relieved equines were led to a safe, dry place, where they could feed and recover.