Thankfully, this case, which has been referred to by the Days End Farm Horse Rescue as one of the worst cases of abuse that they've ever seen, might just be able to end happily.
Fortunately for these three horses a good Samaritan had left an anonymous tip about some abused pet pigeons. When the call was followed up on, rescuers discovered the three horses, which had been living in deplorable conditions for 15 years.
It's hard to imagine your child or a beloved pet living in such desperate conditions for even one second, much less for 15 long years! The three horses were skin and bones, straggly, and their hooves were over 3.5 feet long.
Although the animals appear to be impossible to help, there is hope. Many rescue animals that were in horrific shape when found, have gone on to lead healthy and happy lives.
We can only hope for the best for the poor creatures in the story below.
After receiving a tip from a Good Samaritan, the Days End Farm Horse Rescue found the three horses in desperate condition. Thankfully, the stranger phoned the humane society upon finding out that a human was abusing his pet pigeons.
Strictly as a precaution, the authorities decided to check up on all of the animals present on the property and it was then that the three horses were discovered, all of them in wretched condition.
Quest and Rio, two of the three horses, were believed to have been kept, locked away inside of their stalls, for 15 years. Neither of them had received the necessary farrier or medical attention that they needed so badly.
In their entire 26-year history, DEFHR considered this to be the "worst case of hoof neglect DEFHR, Vet and Farrier have ever seen!"
Both Rio and Quest had hooves that had grown to over three feet in length. Both of the horses were emaciated and malnourished. The two horses were housed in stalls that contained three to four feet of manure.
Unimaginably...the horses' hooves were so long, "that the horses could barely move without being at risk of getting tangled in their own hooves."
Thank goodness, the farrier and vet were able to clip these horses' hooves and give the poor babies a new lease on life!
And take a look at Quest, already, he's standing tall, proud, and free. Both Quest and Rio were able to be brought to DEFHR's rehabilitative care facility. These two brave boys are real survivors.
When they got to the facility, Erin Ochoa, DEFHR's Executive Director, said to the gray stallion, "Today your life changes." Amazing!
Sadly, the mare, Piper, didn't make it. DEFHR wanted her story to be heard, so we're going to share it with you.
In a Facebook post, they wrote, "Photo of chestnut mare is of the pony that needed to be humanely euthanized at the site of the impound, she was named Piper, and because of how severely her over grown hooves were, over 3.5 feet long, we felt her story should also be told."
Please allow Piper's tragic story to be a cautionary tale. While we know full well that none of our readers would ever harm an animal, it's so important that if, for any reason, you suspect that a human is abusing or neglecting an animal, please, report the abuse to your local humane society!
All it takes is a phone call to save a life - or perhaps many!
Both Quest and Rio have started the rehabilitation process and both of the 18-year-old stallions will, at long last, be able to close this horrific chapter in their lives.
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