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A HORSE which fell in a Wigan canal made a self rescue after being spurred on by its fellow equestrian friend.

The horse was stuck in the canal by Peel House Farm, Peel House Lane, in Astley, at 8pm on Friday.

The owner followed the horse into the canal in an attempt to rescue it, but was unable to do so.

He called Leigh Fire Service and shortly before crews arrived, the animal had spotted another horse and managed to haul himself out of the water.

Both the owner and the horse were checked by the crew but were deemed fit.