Patrick Robinson. Rest in peace.

It is with deep sadness we have learned of the passing of Patrick Robinson, our director’s Hilary’s father.

Patrick was a true gentleman, an excellent horseman and our oldest volunteer. He was a great friend and teacher to the staff and volunteers at Hungry Horse. Always willing to support and impart his knowledge and wisdom. His door always open to an animal in need and he continued to rehabilitate ponies and horses for us, even at the age of 95. The compassion shown by him will never be forgotten.
Had he not shared his compassion and knowledge, perhaps Hungry Horse would never even been established.

There are no words that can describe, our thoughts and feelings at this sad time we can only thank Paddy for all he has done.

‘You can no longer see me, but please know that I am there
I am the flowers in the garden, I am the wind beneath your hair
The memories that I left behind, shall forever be with you
As for me I am in heaven now, where my life will start anew’

Hungry Horse Outside will remain closed until Wednesday 31/10.

Paddy pictured below with a few of his very many foster ponies.

Patrick Robinson - Rest in peace

Deansrath Community College students – module in animal welfare

This year, Deansrath Community College students trialed an exclusive module in animal welfare, which has recently been shortlisted as an optional short course for the new Junior Cycle programme.

The Echo Newspaper

By Maurice Garvey

ANIMAL cruelty cases sadly crop up in areas across South Dublin County all too often.

With that in mind, it is reassuring to see that students in Clondalkin have completed a pioneering module on animal welfare.

Deansrath Community College Students

This year, Deansrath Community College students trialed an exclusive module in animal welfare, which has recently been shortlisted as an optional short course for the new Junior Cycle programme.

It followed a visit to the school by volunteer group My Lovely Horse Rescue, who shared their experience of working on the ground to protect abused animals.

Matt Corbett, Deansrath CC teacher and director of the animal welfare course, said students wanted to continue to promote the issue and bring attention to the mistreatment of animals.

He said: “Incidents of animal abuse and neglect in the country have become the norm, not the exception. There are fantastic organisations with incredible volunteers such as MLHR who came to visit our school and speak to us about their experience.

“But without funding and increased education initiatives it is a constant battle to bring about change. Serious political will is required.

“A protest for action to uphold and enforce animal welfare laws took place outside Leinster House earlier this month to coincide with World Animal Day. Volunteers and students at Deansrath are hoping the public will continue to remind their politicians that animal neglect can no longer be tolerated.”


The Shame of our Nation

The Shame of our Nation

We don’t know who “owned” this pony- we can’t say who is responsible but he is here now and safe.

Yesterday this little man arrived at HHO and we don’t normally have a rant but the level of our disgust needs to be aired. Not much shocks us these days but what this poor foal must have went through had to have been horrendous. 

At 6 months- fully shod, who does that? Absolutely shameful behaviour for any so called human being. What kind of country are we living in that anyone thinks this is acceptable! Used, abused and thrown on the scrap heap. This poor foal knows no better- that was his life, an endless circle of abuse.
Of course, he is just bones under a fluffy coat- why is that? Because his so called owner didn’t feed him, took him away from his mother, probably didn’t bother feeding her either! Why is he riddled with worms? Because his so called owner didn’t think he was worth paying €10 for a dose but happily rode him around.
What would have happened him? He’d have collapsed mid ride unable to get up or stand, maybe he would have died of starvation, maybe his little limbs would have buckled under the weight of an idiot, maybe the worm burden would have gotten so bad that it would have killed him slowly and painfully, what would his so called owner do? his so called owner would have walked away from him- probably move on to the next poor creature,, unlucky enough to cross their paths without a second thought.Of course they won’t bother microchipping the next one either- incase their identity would be revealed, incase they would be punished for the disgraceful cruelty they are inflicting on animals, funny how the anominity breeds cruelty.
Shame on them
A little foal- who isn’t even nearly developed forced to endure such suffering, are we making any progress at all Ireland? Can you even attempt to educate people against doing this?

Today we’re looking after your little foal, we’ll get his shoes pulled off him, we’ll worm him and we’ll feed him up, he’ll see our vet, and we’ll let him be a baby, his dead eyes and frightened look will fade in time, we’ll repair the damage you did to him over his short life and when the time is right, he’ll go home but you won’t be thinking about him- you’ve moved on the the next victim we’re sure, The “owner” of this foal not a horse man/woman those type of owners are exactly who are making Ireland the laughing stock of Europe as regards equine welfare. It is just this type of irresponsible and uncaring owners that has rescue centres absolutely wedged with their animals, that is pulling away from those people who genuinely need help and get the answer “we’re full”, these people owe the whole country an apology as well as their animals. Shameful beings

Can anyone help with his rehabilitation costs?

A tale of three princesses

A tale of three princesses

Where does one even start with this incredible story- over the past few years we seem to have accumulated a little herd of elderly grey mare ponies. All the same size, all with big personalities, all with the same story, abandoned for one reason or another.
But these 3 amigos will stay in our minds and our hearts for a lifetime. Introducing- Cassie, Dottie and Faith, three girls from 3 different parts of Ireland, who made their way to us here at HHO, they are older ladies ranging from about 14-17, they were here quite a while but we noticed the three stuck together, where there was one, you would be sure to find the three of them, they happily lived in each others company. When they were not rolling in muck- they had an air of elegance, flowing manes, gentle personalities, almost aging with dignity and a lifetime of stories to tell, with just enough attitude to let us know they were full of their own importance, they affectionately became known as the “princesses” to us here at HHO. 

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