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Firefighters rescue elderly horse trapped in swimming pool

Firefighters have pulled out all the stops to help save a beautiful old horse from “tricky situation”.

On Monday, emergency services were called to a property on Seville Place at Kenthurst after reports a horse had become trapped in a swimming pool.

When they arrived they found 27-year-old mare ‘Esssey’ “standing comfortably” in the empty pool.

It turns out she fell in after trying to take a shortcut through a holding paddock she had been temporarily placed in.

Essey’s owners drained the pool, hoping it would help the former champion show jumper get herself out.

Unfortunately the old girl’s jumping days are behind her and she was quite happy to wait for a helping hand rather than use the stairs.

With daylight fading, Fire and Rescue and RFS officers from Castle Hill, Blacktown and Kenthurst set about building a timber ramp to free the 350-kilogram animal.


Vets administered pain relief and sedation as they attempted to coax Essey up the ramp.

With the added lure of food, she made it out of the pool safe and sound.


Fire and Rescue Duty Commander, Inspector Kernin Lambert, contacted Ray Hadley about the situation saying, “This was a fantastic result at what started out as a tricky situation.”

Aside from a few abrasions, we’re told Essey is a very happy horse once again.

“Once she had been examined by the vet, Essey couldn’t wait to start eating her owner’s lawn,” says Inspector Lambert.