Neglected Pony Had Hooves That Hadn’t Been Trimmed In 10 Years — Can He Be Saved?

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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.

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

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.

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

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.

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

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.

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

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!

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

Credit: Animaux en Péril asbl

See The Dodo’s amazing video all about Poly below!

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Julie resides in Northern New Jersey with her two kids, two dogs, cat and partner. She has two published books which make excellent trivets if you aren't a fan of poetry. She tolerates people but LOVES animals. If she isn't blogging, she's most likely cuddling with her pups, Paisley and Skyler.