A hungry horse managed to open the door of a caravan to get a bite to eat, but managed to trap himself inside.

The two-year-old Welsh cob, Triple Five, smelled food in the touring caravan – which is used as a food store – and decided to have a snack. Using his teeth, the stallion opened the door of the caravan near where he is stabled in Fareham, Hampshire, yesterday afternoon and climbed in. Once inside he found he was trapped, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was called.

The horse’s condition was assessed by a vet, and it was decided the only safe course of action was to sedate him and use electric saws to cut a flap in the caravan in front of him so he could be taken out.

Animal expert Anton Phillips, who was at the scene, confirmed the 16-hand horse had managed to open the caravan door with his teeth, and climbed in. “Unfortunately he was unable to turn around to get out,” he said. “His owner managed to calm him until we arrived. Triple Five was sedated, after which we cut a hole in the caravan in order to ease him out. It was a successful extrication.”