A horse was rescued by firefighters after it became stuck for more than two hours in a drainage channel.
The animal was being exercised at Walsall Arboretum when it put a hoof through a small wooden bridge over a culvert and stumbled.
The back legs of the 17-year-old horse, named Fen, were wedged underneath its body and the animal was unable to get up.
Owner Ellie Smith escaped uninjured but was unable to help her mount. The alert was raised at 10.40am yesterday.
Crews from Walsall initially attended, followed by the specialist animal rescue tender from Bickenhill.
Watch commander Ian Hill, of Walsall fire station, said: “We put a hose reel under the animal’s belly and tried to raise it that way until the rescue unit arrived. In the end the horse made one last effort and managed to get to its feet.”