Cider was (thankfully) surrendered to the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) by the owner of a southern Ohio farm after a neighbor gave the organization a tip about the poor horse’s condition.
With one look at him, it was clear that Cider had not been receiving proper care.
According to the news story, Cider had not had his hooves trimmed in over two years – normally a horse would have their feet trimmed roughly every 6 weeks, so this means poor Cider missed about 17 trims. And it took a toll.
His hooves grew up and into his legs, causing him to be in pain whether he was standing or taking a step.
Thanks to veterinarian Chris Beinlich, DVM of Woodland Run Equine Facility, Cider is now on his way to being pain free. The vet used a hacksaw to cut the hooves to their proper length.
Thank goodness Cider is finally in good hands! We hope the rest of his life is full of health, happiness, and love.