By Mark Smith
The owners of a horse which slipped into a canal have said they were terrified their beloved animal was going to drown.
Pepsi the horse lost her footing while going for a morning ride on a canal towpath in Leigh and plunged into the murky water.
Luckily owner John Gaskell was not riding her at the time, he had just dismounted so he could get past a tricky patch of overgrown trees, on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Plank Lane.
But poor Pepsi, a 15-year-old middleweight hunter, lost her balance and splashed into the brown canal.
The fire brigade were called and crews from Leigh spent a gruelling hour trying to get her out.
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