A schoolgirl has pleaded to be reunited with the horse that was stolen four months ago.
Gilliane Grainger last saw her trusty steed Bless in August last year.
The 14-year-old from Avonbridge had only been bought the animal by mum Alison in May, following the death of her grandfather.
The jet-black horse, which stands at 15 hands, was a much-loved member of the family.
Alison, a Church of Scotland minister, said: “Bless was a brilliant horse. She was very steady with a great temperament. She was built like a tank.
“My father had wanted his grandaughters to have horses. When we moved here after his death, I thought the one thing he would have wanted would have been the girls to get horses, so we did.”
Bless, a 13-year-old heavy cob, was bought for £950 and was stabled in Polmont.
Gilliane enjoyed a summer’s riding before a fall left her with a broken pelvis.
It was following this accident that Alison decided to loan out Bless while her daughter recovered.
However the horse was subsequently stolen and, despite knowing exactly where Bless is now stabled, the family has yet to be reunited with her as criminal proceedings are still on-going.
A Central Scotland Police spokeswoman confirmed that a 22-year-old male had been charged in connection with the incident.
Alison said: “It’s heartbreaking. We know where she is but we can’t go near her.
“It’s very depressing. You feel like ‘that’s my horse!’ but we’ve been told to stay away.”
Gilliane’s sister Sarah (12), who has a horse of her own, is also desperate to see Bless returned home.
Frustrated, Alison approached her local MSP Angus MacDonald for help.
Mr MacDonald said: “It’s extremely frustrating for all concerned that this case has not yet been brought to a successful conclusion.
“I will be making further enquiries in the hope that the animal can be restored to its owner and the matter can be resolved.”