Horses with Hooves 3-Feet-Long Rescued from Neglect in Maryland
One full-sized stallion and one miniature stallion were saved from a house of horrors in Washington County
It’s best described as horse hell.
Two horses — one full-sized stallion and one miniature stallion — were rescued on August 21 from a location in Washington County, Maryland, where the animals lived in three to four feet of manure and stood on hooves over 3-feet-long, the result of severe neglect.
One miniature mare also living at this house of horrors had to be euthanized on site due to ruptured ligaments causing irreparable fetlock dislocation, according to a press release from the Days End Farm Horse Rescue, who came to their aid last month.
The two surviving animals were found in critical condition, with the worst hoof neglect the DEFHR veterinarian and farrier have ever seen, the release said. It’s believed the animals lived like this for at least 15 years (the owners of the horses are now facing criminal charges).
“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,” a statement said. “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.”
Now named Quest and Rio, the horses have slowly begun the rehabilitation process at DEFHR. In a video posted on Facebook, both appear to be loving their newfound freedom after having their first corrective trim earlier this week.
Since the average cost for rehabilitative care for horses is $1,900 to $2,400 per horse, per month, the organization is seeking donations to help pay for their care.
“These guys have a long road ahead of them so donations are critical and most welcome,” reads a post on the organization’s page Facebook page.
Click here to learn how you can help.