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Shocking Cruelty as Horses Found with 3ft Long Hooves

01 September 2015

US - Two horses have been found in a stall piled high with 3-4 feet of manure and with their hooves measuring over three feet! It is thought that the horses have been locked up for at least 15 years without necessary farrier or medical care.

The horses have now been taken to Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) for critical and rehabilitative care.

One miniature mare had to be euthanized on the rundown property before she could be transported to DEFHR due to ruptured ligaments causing irreparable fetlock dislocation.

The two others are in critical condition, with the worst hoof neglect the veterinarian and farrier have ever seen.

The hooves on two of the horses were so long (over 3 feet) that the horses could barely move without being at risk of getting tangled in their own hooves.

In order to transport them safely to DEFHR’s rehabilitative care facility, the vet and farrier worked together to sedate the horses and lay them down so they could remove portions of their hooves.

The condition of the horses on the property was discovered when a Good Samaritan called the Humane Society of Washington County with concerns about the welfare of pet pigeons. It is standard practice during welfare inspections to check all animals on the property, which is how the horses were discovered. The investigation is ongoing and cruelty charges could be pending.

Of the over 2,170 horses DEFHR has rescued in its 26-year history, these are the worst, most extreme cases of hoof neglect the organization has ever seen. On scene at the impoundment, Erin Ochoa, DEFHR’s Executive Director, told the gray stallion, “Today your life changes.”

The average cost for critical rehabilitative care for horses is $1,900 to $2,400 per horse per month.

These horses will be on the higher end of this cost scale. DEFHR is experiencing its leanest year financially since 2008, so donations and support for these deserving animals could not be more critical.

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