Bingo the neglected pony now enjoying his new lease of life
A PONY left with hooves like Aladdin's slippers after suffering horrific neglect living among piles of rubbish is now enjoying a new lease of life.
Bingo, the eight-year-old Shetland pony was rescued from the terrible conditions in July 2011. He was overweight and his hooves measured six inches and turned upwards.
He had been neglected by his owners for between six months and a year.
On a scale of one to five, where five is morbidly obese, Bingo's weight was ranked a four by Whitchurch-based charity HorseWorld, who helped to rehabilitate him.
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It took a year to get Bingo back down to a normal weight and his hooves will need specialist treatment for the rest of his life.
Sarah Hollister, equine training manager for HorseWorld, said: "Bingo was in a sorry state when he was rescued by HorseWorld.
"It took months of remedial trimming and painkillers to bring his hooves back to a relatively normal and pain free state."
Amy Williams from the charity owns two Shetland ponies of her own.
She said: "The vet said that his hooves would have been causing him as much pain as trapping a hand in a car door. He was still making his way around on them but he would have been in excruciating pain.
"Shetland ponies are easy to look after. They are adapted to live in Shetland where grass is sparse. If they are left in a healthy field here, they will literally eat themselves to death."
Bingo's owners were successfully prosecuted in January 2012 and were banned from keeping any animal for two years, except dogs, fish and chicken.
Bingo is now fully rehabilitated and helping with Discovery Courses at HorseWorld. The courses provide first-hand experiences of working with horses for children and young people.