Animal rescue expert Anton Phillips was one of no less than 12 rescuers dispatched to help the animal before realising the pony was not in any distress.
He said: “This was the fourth time we have been called out by members of the public who have seen this pony on the salt marsh.
“It’s basically a cross between a Shetland pony and a New Forest pony and has definitely inherited features from both its mother and its father – it has short legs like a Shetland but a long body like a New Forest pony.
“From 200 yards away it does look like the pony is trapped in the mud, especially when it is stood next to other ponies.
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