A HORSE was left bloodied and battered after slipping from its field into the yard of a cottage near St Mary’s Church on Friday morning.
The three-year-old cob named Flash escaped from the Donkey Field over a low fence and slipped into the back yard of a property behind East Abbey Terrace at around 2am.
As it fell the animal banged its head against the building, smashing a double-glazed window and suffering deep cuts to its head.
The cottage owner said she was awoken by a loud bang at around 2.30am. She said: “I got up in the middle of the night to see what the noise was but I didn’t see anything because it was dark. I kept hearing noises and thought it was the neighbours.”
When she discovered the horse in her back garden the cottage owner contacted the fire service and RSPCA.
A crew from Whitby were called at around 8am and while a plan was formulated to get the animal out of the yard, firefighter Jay Fildes kept the cob calm, nicknaming the animal ‘Sid’ due to its likeness to a colleague.
Terry Naylor, who keeps horses nearby, arrived on the scene and was able to slowly guide the horse through an outhouse and down icy steps.
Animals have been kept in the field, more properly named Jacky Field, for centuries, but Mr Naylor said this was the first time he could remember anything like this happening. “There’s a first time for everything,” he added.
While owner Jason Anderson was sought, Flash was placed in another field and assessed by vet Libby Beck, who said that the animal would make a full recovery.