A 31-year-old horse was rescued by fire crews after getting trapped upside down in a water filled ditch near Newtown.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue crews from Newtown and Machynlleth were hailed as “amazing” after rescuing senior horse Nova after he had got stuck.

The crews were called out to Bwlch-y-ffridd last week (Monday, November 13) to help Hafren Vets. Firefighters had to use equipment to release Nova from the ditch and then put him on a bed of sawdust of blankets.

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Machynlleth Fire Station said in a statement posted online: “We attended an animal rescue incident with our colleagues from Newtown Fire Station, which was also attended to by Hafren Vets.

"We were delighted to receive the following update the following day: A massive thank you to the amazing animal rescue crew tonight and the Newtown firefighters for getting my 31-year-old horse out of a water filled ditch tonight. [I] thought you'd like [an] update so far, the vets managed to get him standing appropriately an hour after you'd left. Thank you all so much."

“We’ve been receiving updates all week and we’re happy to note that Nova is still getting back to his cranky old self, and wish him all the best going forward utilised lines and strops under the guidance of the veterinarian who was in attendance."

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A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service added: “At 5.04pm on Monday, November 13, the Newtown and Machynlleth crews were called to an incident in Bwlch-y-ffridd, Newtown. Crews responded to a 31-year-old horse who was stuck in a ditch on its side. 

"Crews utilised lines and strops under the guidance of the veterinarian who was in attendance.  The horse was safely removed from the ditch and placed on wood shavings and covered in multiple blankets to keep warm.  The incident was left with the veterinarian and the horse’s owner.”