Shetland Pony Neglected For 10 Years Can Barely Walk Due To Overgrown Hooves

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One recently rescued Shetland pony in Belgium, for instance, was so neglected by his owner that he hadn’t had his hooves trimmed in nearly a decade.When rescuers finally got to him, they could hardly believe their eyes: the poor thing could barely walk.

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When rescuers with the Belgian animal sanctuary Animaux en Péril were alerted to the condition of this Shetland pony, they knew they had to help. Still, they were stunned when they actually laid eyes on him.

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His hooves hadn’t been trimmed for around 10 years, literally spiraling out of control and making it extremely difficult for the poor thing to get around. “In 24 years of existence, our refuge has never hosted an equine with hooves so long,” a representative for the sanctuary said.

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Unfortunately, he and another horse found with him were malnourished and severely underweight. They had also been standing on a two-foot high pile of manure.

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After taking the neglected animals back to the sanctuary, volunteers worked hard to free the pony they’d later name Poly from his overgrown hooves.Luckily, this sweet little guy wouldn’t have to suffer any longer.

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With the awful burden of those long hooves gone, Poly got a much-needed haircut. The other horse, Everest, received plenty of love and care as well.

It’s hard to believe this is the same creature they found in such bad shape. Now he has a new lease on life!Thankfully, the makeovers that Poly and Everest received clearly helped their moods. In just five days they had greatly improved. Poly was soon ready to show off his new look!

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