With help for their hooves, draft horses surrendered to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) in Methuen, Mass., are on the road to recovery.

New Hampshire farriers Philip Carney and Joey Marks came to care for their hooves while the horses were under sedation. The hooves had not been cared for in a long time.

According to Gia Barss, the barn manager at Nevins Farm, the farriers’ visit is the first of many needed to repair the horses’ hooves.

“This is a great start,” Barss told the Eagle Tribune.

No longer able to care for the horses, the owner surrendered them to the MSPCA in late June.

When the 10 horses arrived to the MSPCA, they suffered with a litany of health problems including broken and flared hooves. Ranging in age from 7 to 28 years old, the horses include eight geldings, one stallion and a mare.

As the MSPCA cares for the horses at Nevins Farm, their medical bills continue to mount. They have set up a page for donations toward their continued medical care. Those interested in adopting the horses may contact barnstaff@mspca.org.