Retired racehorse Kit Carson saved from stream by Hawick firefighters

A RETIRED racehorse was dramatically rescue from a stream near Hawick yesterday afternoon.

The animal, known as Kit Carson while competing, got trapped in the water at the bottom of an embankment at Midburn Farm Cottage at 4.30pm.

Firefighters from Hawick used airbags and lines to free the horse from the stream and deliver him into the care of a vet.

It is believed the horse had been in the water for some time but it had not been noticed due to the foggy conditions. The animal was described as being poorly but stable.

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said: “Firefighters used specialist skills and equipment to free the horse from the stream. He was in a poor condition having spent some time in the water.

“A vet was standing by to advise and provide care once he was freed.”