A toppled horse was re-righted this morning following a lengthy procedure.

At 7.25am fire fighters were calls to a Claverhambury Road in Waltham Abbey.

There they found a shire horse which had collapsed in its owner's driveway and cold not get up.

Working together, units from South Woodham Ferrers animal rescue and Waltham Abbey station tied a harness around the horse and lifted it up.

They then worked with the owner and vet to ensure the steed was stable before releasing the horse from the lifting equipment.

It was back on its feet by 9.30am - two hours after the emergency services were called - and left in the care of its owner and vet.

The horse was not injured by the incident.