Restrictions are not pleasant. Given that animals have an innate need to roam freely and uninhibited, this may be particularly true for them.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the situation for many horses in Romania due to a prevalent practice. Horses’ front or rear legs may occasionally be shackled to keep them from running away.
When Ovidiu Rosu, a veterinarian, saw one of these horses, he understood exactly what needed to be done.
When Ovidiu saw the wild horse in chains in the Danube delta, his heart broke. With his legs restrained by heavy chains that even went through his flesh, the horse was unable to move around without restriction.
The horse was barely able to move at all, no matter what he attempted.
Ovidiu was well aware that horses’ greatest desire is to be free to run and wander. So he started acting right away.
Ovidiu picked up his tools and set to work right away. After luring the animal forward, he brings it to rest on the ground.
Then he reaches for his pliers and begins working gently.
It takes some time, a lot of love, endurance, and work, but Ovidiu eventually succeeds in releasing the helpless horse.
The horse requires some time to process the events that have occurred. After being immobilized for such a long time, he almost looks perplexed by his newfound mobility.
When he finally does come to terms with his freedom, he is ecstatic and celebrates his newfound independence.
The horse’s response to his hero is perhaps the most astonishing of all; in a move that can only be characterized as one of appreciation, he leans in gently and meets Ovidiu’s gaze directly.
Watch the video below to see the amazing rescue and the horse’s amazing response.
No horse should ever be confined in chains, regardless of the cause! If this horse’s newfound freedom makes your heart sing too, do let us know.