Emaciated, malnourished and riddled with parasites, these two horses were in a terrible state when they arrived at Blackpool’s horse sanctuary.
But two years on, they have been nursed back to full fitness by staff at World Horse Welfare (WHW).
The pair, Toby and Tro, were suffering with lice and parasites as well as being malnourished when they arrived at the centre at Penny Farm, Blackpool, in April 2011.
The stallions were rescued by WHW and the RSPCA from a yard in Winsford, Cheshire, after an officer had become concerned about the yard and arranged a visit with the police and a local vet.
They discovered a group of 10 horses being kept in poor conditions. The horses were immediately removed and taken to Penny Farm.
And when staff inspected them, they were able to see the full extent of the long-term neglect they had suffered.
Rachel Andrews, World Horse Welfare field officer, said: “The horses had very poor hooves which were extremely cracked, they had a lice infestation and were extremely emaciated.”
The animals – both in their teens – were frightened and nervous after so long left to fend for themselves.
It took staff at the Preston New Road centre a long time to help them trust people again.
Now they are both looking for a new home, as part of World Horse Welfare’s Rehome a Horse Month.
Rachel Andrews said: “It’s great to see Toby and Tro improve. When we found them that day, they looked extremely poor, but with work we have enabled them to have a fresh start.
“Without the work of the charities involved and the fact the public alert us to these sort of issues, these horses would have ended up in a really bad way.”
For information about rehoming horses go to www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming.