The other horses, two 18-year-old stallions named Rio and Quest, were transported to DEFHR Friday night.
Their condition, according to Robertson, is critical. "There are a lot of factors that come into play with hoof neglect: Ligaments and muscles and bone structures have been compromised for years. This is a slow detriment to their mental and physical well-being," she says. "We are taking this very slowly while their bodies adjust to their new feet and exposures."
The horses were transported from the private property to DEFHR by horse trailers, says Robertson, after their excess hooves were removed. "They couldn't be transported with their full hooves because they could have been tangled up with each other," she says.
If Quest and Rio survive, they will be introduced to a new world. "Everything for them," Robertson says, "is new."
Kim Intino, the CEO of HSWC, told The Dodo that an investigation is currently underway.