Shelter workers found this pony in a sad state of neglect, with hooves curled around his feet, making it nearly impossible to walk.
Shelter workers were amazed that the pony could even walk off the trailer. When he arrived at a shelter in Belgium, his hooves were so long, they curled around themselves! It seemed this pony was saved just in time.
A healthy horse, or pony, has their hooves trimmed every few weeks. But this poor pony had been forgotten about, starved and unkempt, living in a makeshift shelter. When the pony was picked up, along with another horse, they stood on a mound of manure nearly two feet high.
The owner finally handed over the pony and horse to the authorities and they were brought to Animaux en Péril, a local sanctuary in Belgium. Rescuers couldn’t believe a pony could survive like this! Not only were his hooves in such bad shape but he was 200 pounds underweight! A healthy Shetland Pony should weigh 450 pounds, he only weighed 154 pounds.
Both Poly and his mate, now named Everest, underwent extensive grooming. They were both shampooed and sheared to rid them of lice and dirt, their hooves were trimmed, then they were wrapped in blankets to keep them warm.
Both Poly and Everest have a long way to go– but each day they are with people who love and care for them, their futures are looking so much brighter!
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