Dittmer, MO (KSDK) - Nearly 20 members of the Missouri Emergency Response Service (MERS) came to the aid of a trapped horse in the Jefferson County countryside.

MERS received a call shortly after 9:30 p.m. Monday a man saying his horse was unaccounted for and presumed missing and in trouble. When the MERS crew arrived, they told the owner to contact the horse's veterinarian as a precaution.

The rescue group found the horse, a 1,200-pound Appaloosa horse named "Rocky," beneath some low-lying cedar trees. Rocky's front and back legs were stuck between trees and he did not have enough overhead space to get up.

MERS rescuers pulled Rocky from under the trees and immediately rolled the horse over since it had been lying on one side for so long. When the horse did not make an effort to stand, the crew had to slowly lift the horse up manually.

The horse veterinarian and MERS responders walked Rocky back to his barn for much-needed treatment and a lengthy evaluation.

The MERS team left the scene after the veterinarian gave Rocky a clean bill of health.

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