Neglected horse’s hooves were half a metre long, says vet

  • A horse owner in Sweden has been reported to the police after a vet found a horse with overgrown hooves measuring half a metre in a stable on his farm.

    The 27-year-old gelding could no longer walk or lie down, head vet for Vasternoorrland County, Helena Ahlqvist, told a local newspaper.

    His hooves had not received attention for many years, she added.

    A government vet visited the farm, near Solleftea in northern Sweden, in late November and found “Charlie” in a very depressed state.

    He was put down, along with four other horses that were also suffering from neglect.

    Ms Ahlqvist said the horse owner had been reported to the police and may face charges of animal cruelty.

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