In September 2017 Spanish police found a pony lashed to a tree in the town of Algorfa. The elderly animal had apparently been abandoned to the searing heat, and the terrible treatment the poor creature had suffered was etched all over his emaciated body. The pony was so downtrodden and defeated, in fact, that he wouldn’t even raise his head when the officers approached.
So, the police who discovered the discarded pony called the Easy Horse Care Rescue Center (EHCRC) in the nearby village of Rojales for help. And the EHCRC would later describe how the officers had found the animal. Specifically, in a Facebook post on the EHCRC page, the organization wrote, “He was tied to a tree with no food or water, with his head shoved in a bush to try and keep the flies out of his eyes.”
The center had subsequently taken in the broken pony, who was estimated to be about 20 years old. It knew, however, that there was a lot in order to do to rehabilitate the animal. Indeed, the EHCRC’s Facebook statement continued, “We knew he had survived unthinkable events and would be one of our most difficult cases yet.”