Ultimately they decided that all the specialist equipment at their disposal could not match the efficiency of a more basic item in their midst – after the stricken creature was strapped to a tractor.
The horse’s weight prevented an instant result but soon the animal had been yanked to safety.
And with the support from firefighters and eyewitnesses, the animal was led into a horsebox and taken away for treatment.
Meanwhile crew commander John Ross of Cumbernauld Fire Station warned walkers to be on their guard in this picturesque stretch of land which has a few hidden pitfalls.
He said: “Obviously some of these mines were filled in during the upgrade of the M80 but obviously not all of them were dealt with.
“We would just like to issue a general safety warning for this area because it could be dangerous,” he added.