KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- UPDATE: UT Veterinary Medical Center released three miniature horses found living in deplorable conditions.
Wynken, Blynken and Nod spent several days at the hospital where a blacksmith filed their hooves that were so neglected they were curling close to their legs.
Horse Haven of Tennessee is now caring for the mini's and charges are pending against their owners.
Knox County Animal Control discover 3 miniature horses packed into a barn with dozens of other animals who were all living in deplorable conditions.
The three miniature horses named Wynken, Blynken and Nod where covered in manure and had obvious signs of neglect especially on their feet.
Nina Margetson from Horse Haven of Tennessee said "These animals had a hard time getting out of their stall because the stall was so full of manure. They had to jump down 12 to 14 inches out of their stall and when they got down they had trouble walking because their hooves are so curled up."
A curled up hoof happens when the horse doesn't get its feet trimmed; something that needs to be done every 4-6 weeks if a horse is going to stay in a stall. But from the look of their hooves; these horses might have never had their feet trimmed.
The horses are now in the care of UT Veterinary Medical Center where they are spending hours cutting and filing down the overgrown hooves.
Dudley Hurst, a Farrier said "We will get these feet cleaned up and get these little guys standing on all fours again."
It will take some time to figure out if these horses can be saved. However, Horse Haven of Tennessee and UT Veterinary Medical Center are doing everything they can to help save the horses lives.
Also, saving the horses will cost a lot of money that comes from Horse Haven of Tennessee. They need all the donations they can get to continue to save the lives of abused and neglected horses in the area. If you want to help, visit the link at the bottom of the page.