In Romania, it is a common practice to use chains on a horse’s front or rear legs to hobble them so they cannot run away. Of course, hobbling is an old practice that was common the world over, including here in the United States. However, hobbles were not usually chains and it was not usually something a horse endured every single day, all day.
Ovidiu Rosu is a vet for FOUR PAWS International, a non-profit animal welfare organization. He saw a horse with hobble chains on his feet in Letea (Danube delta) and had to “release it from it’s misery.”
The horse tried to flee him, but of course, could not get far with the hobble on. Rosu was able to get to the horse and cut the chains off. The chains had cut into the horse’s skin, leaving wounds.
Watch the whole rescue below to see how this horse “thanks” the man who helped her:
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How adorable is that? This mare is very happy to be released from her chains and lets Rosu know it. To learn more about how they help the horses in the Danube delta, visit here.