The grass wasn’t greener for this dopey horse after it got trapped as it tried to leap over a GATE to enter a neighbouring field.
And it was no laughing matter for the 21-hand animal, called Jester, when it needed to be winched off the metal gate by a team of 10 firefighters.
The black-and-white steed got stuck when he tried to vault the gate to get into an adjacent paddock in Little Ness, Shropshire, on Saturday.
The desperate bid for freedom ended with his rear hips stuck on the top of the six bar gate while he tried to drag the rest of his body across.
Fire crews arrived at the scene shortly after 5.30pm and a specialist animal rescue team attended so Jester could be lifted to freedom.
The terrified horse had to be sedated by vets before being lifted 20ft into the air by a crane.
Craig Jackson, of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “When we arrived it was thrashing about quite a lot.
“It had quite a few grazes and bruises, it was quite stressed. But it was sedated and we managed to lift it safely off the gate.”
The daring rescue took crews more than an hour to complete, but the lucky four-year-old escaped with minor cuts and bruises.
A farmer who owns a neighbouring field said: “Poor Jester had tried to leap into a neighbouring paddock to get to the grass.
“It just goes to show the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”