A horse that was stuck in a ditch for two hours is now on the mend thanks to the vets and firemen that rescued him.

Dante -a five-year-old Welsh gelding – fell into a ditch that was fenced off in his field near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire in Scotland early last Thursday morning (29 March).

Fifteen firemen from Strathclyde fire and rescue and two vets from Avondale veterinary group arrived within 10 minutes and sedated the horse before spending two hours rescuing him.

“The vets were amazing,” said Dante’s owner Sharon Monteith.

“They took him to his stable to be checked over [after he was freed] and came back that night to give him more pain relief and again in the morning.”

On Monday evening [2 April] Ms Monteith noticed the gelding wasn’t able to walk properly and he is now being treated for an infection in his lymph glands.

Ms Monteith added: “Dante was bought for me last year as a birthday present. I am hoping he will be back to normal soon.

“I would like to thank Ross Syme and Kathleen Hennessy from Avondale vets and the [Strathclyde] firemen for their quick response.”