An amorous horse who attempted to “show off” by jumping a fence to reach two young mares had to be rescued by firefighters – after he got wedged straddling the gate.
Randy Angelos, a 13-year-old American Quarter gelding, took the leap of faith from its paddock but didn’t clear the fence after sliding in mud.
Owner Irina Juskajeva, 32, said Angelos had to be sedated by a vet while firefighters cut the horse free.
Thankfully the pedigree pet has made a full recovering since the bid for freedom in Witney, Oxfordshire, on Saturday.
Relieved Ms Juskajeva, who has owned Angelos for four years, said it was the lure of the two young mares that caused her horse to start showing off.
She said: “The mares are his neighbours, so he jumped to get to them. But the mud stopped him – it’s very sticky.
“It was so lucky he didn’t jump on the needle or he would have opened his belly and died. And then I would have died as well. He is my baby. Every day I am with him.”
Two fire engines attended the scene at around 7pm, and were helped by a vet from Bourton Vale Equine Clinic.
Ms Juskajeva, who lives nearby with 13-year-old daughter Anna, is now installing higher fences so Angelos will not be tempted to jump again.
Fellow rider Pat Kelly, 64, who was on the scene visiting horse Twinkletoes, added: “Angelos likes his ladies.”