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Appleby Horse Fair meeting

Horses being washed in traditional style in River Eden at Appleby Horsefair Credit: PA

People in Appleby are being asked for their views on this year's Horse Fair.

Cumbria County Council is holding a meeting at the town's Public Hall tonight where residents can make suggestions on what went well and where policing and traffic management improvements could be made next year.

VIDEO: Dramatic footage of horses rescued from raging floods

Six horses have been rescued from raging flood water near Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

The animals, belonging to Debbie and Nikki Grant, were left stranded in their field on Saturday when the nearby River Teviot burst its banks.

Despite the effort of numerous firefighters and boats, they were unable to move the horses.

Local farmer James Manners and huntsman Johnny Kelly then took their tractor into the field and managed to tie a strap around one of the horses.

After some initial resistance the horses followed the tractor back onto dry land. All six of the horses are now safe and well.

Video courtesy of George Crawford:

WATCH: Owner speaks out about 'horror attack' on her horse

Skye, an eight-year-old Clydesdale mare, was impaled with a two-foot stake while in a paddock in the Whicham Valley in south Cumbria.

She's now recovering from surgery at a vets in Penrith and Tim Backshall has been along to meet Skye and her owner Annie Rose.

Anyone with information about the attack should contact Cumbria Police on 101 or the RSPCA's cruelty hotline on 0300 1234999.


WATCH: return of the horse logger

A Cumbrian horse logger says his traditional trade is coming back into fashion thanks to the rise in the number of people using wood to heat their homes.

There are only a handful of full-time loggers in the country and Cumbria has held on to the trade longer than most places.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Woman dies after vehicle hits horses

A woman has died and another is being treated for serious injuries following a collision involving a vehicle and 2 horses and riders.

The incident happened at around 5.30pm on the B725 Road, between Clarencefield and Bankend.

Police Scotland said a woman from Clarencefield received fatal injuries and another local female is presently being treated for serious injuries.

They are appealing for witnesses, or people that were in the area at the time, to get in touch.

Border Life 1: Scotland's horse town

The first episode of Border Life looks at Hawick's close relationship with horses, with the town traditionally hosting the first ride-out of the Common Ridings.

Now one man wants to make that link more formal by having the Borders town recognised officially as Scotland's horse town.

We have also been looking at the role of the textiles industry and how Borders tweed is taking the world by storm.

Border Life starts its look at Robert the Bruce and the Scottish King's life, and what link he had with southern Scotland.

Fiona Armstrong has been finding out more - watch the first episode now.

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