Shetland Pony owner praises rescue efforts after finding Nemo trapped in river
The owner of a Shetland Pony has praised the "amazing" work of firefighters who rescued it from a swollen river.
Kay Paterson went into the water herself to try to help t he pony, named Nemo, but was unable to move him until a rescue team arrived at the scene near Lochard Road, Aberfoyle, in the Stirling area at about 11am on Monday.
A friend passing on the road had seen Nemo go into the water and quickly called Ms Paterson.
She helped Nemo keep his head above water until a fire crew arrived.
Her sister, Lynn, said: "Nemo is fine, thankfully, and was given a thorough check by a vet who is pleased with him.
"There's some antibiotics to ward off pneumonia and shock, but he seems to be fine.
"A friend of my sister's was passing the road and saw Nemo go into the river.
"She quickly called Kay and she went into the field and saw him with just his head above the water.
"She went in and tried to help but he was panicky and there was a big branch stopping him get out, so she just helped keep his head up.
"He was also being weighed down by a rug he was wearing and his heavy coat, but the firemen were there quickly and it took them just five minutes to cut away the branch and get a sling around Nemo to help him out."
Other horses that use the field can swim over the river and it is thought Nemo was trying to do the same but the water level had risen due to heavy rain.
Ms Paterson, who runs an equine rescue service that helps horses recover from injury, said: "He doesn't usually go near there but some of the other horses can swim over, so he was perhaps nosey and wanted to join them.
"He's a really sweet pony and with a name like Nemo this situation is a bit comical really. We can't thank the officers enough, they were amazing."