Horses are such majestic, noble creatures. They're beloved all around the world - initially just because they're useful for travel and doing heavy labor, but eventually also because they're genuinely smart, lovable animals. Here at Wimp, we absolutely love horses (and, if your feedback is any indicator, so do you). That's why whenever we see an example of a horse who has been mistreated, it really breaks our hearts. We'll never understand how someone could possibly inflict intentional cruelty on any innocent animal.
"Hobbling" is a training method for horses and other animals (even humans, in darker times) where the animal's legs are tethered in such a way as to limit their freedom of motion. In its simplest form, it is a chain tied to two or more legs of the animal. It can be a very cruel practice, but sadly, one that is still utilized in many parts of the world.
Ovidiu Risu is a veterinarian and a member of an Austrian charity organization called Four Paws International, whose mission is to combat animal abuse around the world. While in Letea, Romania, he found a horse who had been subjected to hobbling. The situation was dire. There was no time to find out the horse's owner or its origin - the chain around the horse's legs had already started to cut into its ankles. Thankfully, Risu is able to remove the chains, and gets a truly heartfelt thanks afterward!