A HORSE has been rescued from a muddy ditch by firefighters at a Hampshire farm.

Firefighters were called on Friday, November 17 after a horse named Totti got itself stuck in a muddy ditch at a farm near Hook.

It is believed the horse became spooked by a pheasant causing the the German Holsteiner to fall.

Crews from Basingstoke, Winchester and Overton were called shortly after 8am to the incident on Newnham Lane.

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A local vet attended the scene to sedate Totti as firefighters prepared their specialist lifting equipment.

The 16-hand mare was removed by the fire service using strops and the telehandler.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service teams left the incident at around 11am.

S spokesperson for the fire service said: "24-year-old Totti is now doing well and back in his stable."