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It took firefighters in Scotland two hours to save the life of a horse who had been knocked down by strong winds. The horse, named Ace, had fallen over due to slippery mud caused by the storm.
Ace has nerve damage from a previous accident and requires help to stand. The combination of nerve damage and muddy ground made it impossible for Ace to get back up on his own.
The firefighters, a farmer, and volunteers in the neighborhood came together to help this horse in danger. An area vet warned that it was essential to get Ace away from the muddy area. If he was simply moved to an upright position, but remained in the muddy area, chances were high that he would fall right back down.
Using leather straps, a sheet, and a forklift, the crew was able to work together to help Ace get upright and move to solid ground. While the ordeal was nerve-wracking for a while, Ace ended up making a full recovery.
Watch Commander Gordon Aitchison told the Eidenburgh News, “Moving Ace from the wet field to the paddock and harder ground was really the final chance we had – but thankfully everything worked out fine. When Ace did get back to his feet it was great to see… everyone involved were over the moon and it was hugs all ’round.”
What a happy ending for this lucky horse! Watch the video below of firefighters in Los Angeles rescuing horses from the Saddleridge brush fire in October 2019.