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Neglected Horse Had Hooves So Long, Every Step Was Agony

The road to hope couldn't have seemed longer for a horse whose every step spelled agony.

The miniature horse's previous owner had let his hooves grow so long they curved upward from his feet and stabbed into his legs.

Staff at the Ohio SPCA found Cider in an open meadow on a farm last week, rescuing him at night, according to the group's Facebook page.

Then the real work of breaking those overgrown shackles began.

In this case, where there was a hacksaw, there was hope.

Veterinarian Christopher Beinlich and farrier Chris Nusbaum managed to saw down his hooves, giving Cider, perhaps, his first pain-free steps in a very long time.

"Cider is now walking without his hooves cutting into his legs," the group wrote on its Facebook page. "The pain is gone. It won't be long before we see him run again."

Sometimes, before you can lead a horse to hope, you have to trim his hooves.

While a case to prosecute Cider's former owner is being gathered, the miniature horse's real journey is only beginning. In a few months, he will be looking for a new home.

He will be available for adoption in a few months. In the meantime, if you would like to support the Ohio SPCA's work, click here.