It was the middle of winter when a ruthless breeder abruptly decided to discard a large family of 30 Shetland ponies. The breeder apparently couldn’t make a big profit out of the “useless” ponies, and dumping them out in the cold was the only “logical solution” for the heartless human. However, the Hillside Animal Sanctuary stepped in at the last moment and rescued the forsaken horse family.

 

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The rescuers soon discovered that the pony family was about to grow exponentially. Out of the 30 ponies, 28 were pregnant mares while the remaining 2 were stallions. Despite known for being such majestic and joyful creatures, this mistreated lot was visibly disturbed and skittish from their experience with the abusive breeder.


 

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The traumatized ponies were boarded onto a truck and taken to the vet, where they received the necessary health evaluations and de-worming shots. After long grooming sessions to fix their neglected coats, the pony family was finally ready to join the other farm buddies at the sanctuary’s picturesque establishment.

 

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Toward the end of this video, we see the heart-tugging moment when the ponies are released into the sanctuary’s vast open field. It’s easy to tell that this is the first time they have been exposed to such a breathtaking sight. They finally embrace their freedom as they trot along to explore the exquisite beauty around them and make some new friends in their forever home!

Click the video below to watch the pony family’s journey after rescue and their ultimate freedom run.