A little while ago we brought you Lucy’s story, how this beautiful little mare was struggling to keep herself alive as well as her unborn foal. We were frustrated, angry and upset by the state this girl was left in. We’ve been working round the clock for Lucy and her foal and here are a few snaps as showing her progress. Whilst we’re still a little worried about her pending foal we’re delighted to see how much weight she has put on and how she has responded to treatment. The future looks bright for Lucy! Well done Lucy!!!!!
A massive thank you to everyone who got behind Lucy and helped save this broken soul. To the German friends who sent colostrum for the baby, food for Lucy, vitamins and minerals for her. Thank you for believing in her , we’ll keep you all updated when we finally meet her foal!
Another horse lost needlessly in Ireland 2016!!!!
Words cannot express the sorrow, anger and utter frustration we at HHO are feeling.
When is this going to stop? What sort of people are guilty of this degree of absolute mental and physical torture to an innocent animal?
This poor girl was locked in a shed with hardly enough room to turn – a dirty, squalid coffin.
Months locked in the dark with his own excrement piling up.
Slowly but surely starving to death, all the while not understanding why and chewing at the wooden rafters through terrible hunger and mental anguish.
We got there too late. We got her out of this deplorable place but in her extreme emaciated state and on veterinary advice there was nothing that could be done but extend a kind hand and an act of compassion. Remain by her side as she slipped from this terrible existence.
We mourn her loss and rage at the senselessness of it.
Please, please help us.
Somebody among us – mother/father/brother/sister/friend – were responsible for breeding this horse – and then responsible for the shocking life she was forced to endure.
Somebody knew about his plight but did nothing.
Don’t be that person.
Be the person who acts, do something – don’t just share it on facebook.
call who-ever you have to and keep calling until you get action.
Do not walk away
At this time of year every rescue in the country is full, more than full. Each one of us are looking for room just so we don’t have to say no. Well Maple’s owner gave us no choice but only find room and take over his care. An orphan foal is challenging at the best of times but when finances and space come in to the equation, an orphan foal is even more difficult. This weekend we are so so proud of our volunteers. We were trying so hard to find a place for Maple and our tiny skinny foal Marley, a place where they would be safe, away from the bigger horses and away from danger. We met dead end after dead end. We suppose anyone who knows us, knows if there is a a way we’ll find it. We find solutions rather than focus on problems, so eyeing up our fuel shed, we set to work. Making it suitable for the 2 babies. Timber and turf all moved by hand. Cleaned, disinfected, swept out, bedded down, gates hung, doors hung, hours of work, the boys now have a lovely little place to sleep and be kept out of harm’s way.
Thank you to every one who put their shoulder to the wheel as always and made a little home for the boys. Thank you to everyone who supported Maple.
Two little men don’t just need us they need you, our boys are on a very long road and we need you to see them through.
The past number of days have passed in a haze of anger, confusion, exhaustion. Endless rounds of vets, tears of disbelief and sadness. Our small team pulling together as always and supporting each other, all with a common goal and desperately willing horses to keep fighting.
Sadly 3 of the Briar Hill rescued horses have now given up the fight. We’re so angry, we tried so hard for them. No one has any idea of the lengths we went to to try and save them, we gave them every chance of survival. 24 hour care, did everything we could think of to encourage them to fight back just a little, but sadly in the end all we could do is comfort them and show them kindness.
To see horses give up is terribly sad, fall down before our very eyes is heart wrenching.
Little Sunbriar who fought all winter to keep herself and her little foal alive, little Sunbriar the most remarkable little mare, this girl not only tried to rear her foal from 2015 but also had Briar her foal from 2014 trying to feed from her. Sunbriar and Briar are now at peace. Sunbriar’s foal is now being reared by one of our volunteers.
Briar Rose was the first one to give up the fight, she was a little stronger and we clung to hope that she might have it in her to fight but she didn’t, she’d just had enough. Her help arrived too late.
Tonight we are sad, tomorrow we’ll probably be angry but one thing for sure is we won’t let these horses die in vain.
We never ever expected our post from last night to be shared so far and we thank each and every one of you that has offered help in some way or another.
We still need the support of the public, to keep up the treatment of the remaining Briar Hill rescued. But also to help us help the 10 still left on BRIAR HELL.
So we’ve been to Briar Hill again and uncovered even more carcasses of Ireland’s forgotten. We’d been previously warned of the mad scurry of horse boxes in the area the past number of days, efforts to remove horses before we got the rest. 10 left behind on site now, presumably the ones they left run wild and weren’t able to catch. To think this place is right beside a racecourse and beside it Ireland’s forgotten Horses rotting in to the ground.
This site is the stuff of nightmares, those who we managed to rescue are so weak it is horrifying, heart breaking and disgusting. We’ve already lost two of the rescued souls.
To see a mother so weak trying to rear her rack of bones foal and to see her yearling trying to feed from her too is more than disturbing it is gut wrenching, a little mare who has known nothing only horror but is so kind. Animals starved within an inch of their lives.
Briar Hell 3 will be underway next week and we’ll need an army of people to get the remaining 10 off it. This area is between 30-40 acres and the horses untouched, many won’t know what a bucket is, many will not have had any handling. We’ll need man power, donations of feed, headcollars and of course financial support if we are to make any difference to the unfortunate animals in this hovel and stop it’s reoccurring
he never ending saga of donkey abuse in Ireland.
HHO last week took in another 4 donkeys, 1 stallion & 3 mares, in absolutely Shocking condition. Their little hooves twisted with one little mare suffering particularly badly particularly.. She was so happy to get a dry soft bed to lie down. The little creatures are bald on their backs and ears from constant exposure to rain and wind. Hidden beneath hairy coats, they are skin and bone their little bellies bloated from malnutrition. The stallion running with the mares it is possible all are in foal, we will have to scan them to confirm this however in the event they are in foal it is unlikely any foal would survive given the condition of the mares, particularly the smallest lady. God help them but they are really friendly and trusting in spite of what they have gone through. It is heartbreaking to see them get agitated when the feed time comes- only because they have been hungry for so long. Their little noses are covered in scabs from rummaging in the dirt for food. As you know, we have to be very careful with their feeding now, we’ve our finger crossed they deserve a chance.a life they were never given before.
They say “Every pony deserves at least once in their lives to be loved by a little girl”
Well like many of the HHO ponies Jamie is now living just that. but Jamie is a special needs pony, he only has one eye but the kindness and compassion of this little child leads to his disability being forgotten. She spends her days bringing Jamie for walks, grooming him and as far as we have heard the pair spend quite a lot of time cuddling.
Whilst Jamie lives in Germany, we hear regularly from his family with his latest news. We’re so thrilled he finally met his “one”
Destruction, Devastation, Starvation team HHO need you. This is happening right this second in Ireland. Animals are starving to death. We posted yesterday whilst our internet activity has been quiet we certainly haven’t. Yesterday our team spent the day rescuing horses and ponies. We’re devasted at what we found. Horses eating clay, staggering around what used to be fields. Little foals shaking and shivering. Mammys with foals at foot heavy in foal, nothing more than bones. Perhaps with all our storms lately horses are simply not priority and whilst we did our best to grab as many as we could yesterday, sadly we could not take all we wanted to and tonight we tell you of them all. We don’t usually tell you until they are all safe. However we promise you we are hell bent on getting every last one of them. We won’t let them die there and we won’t allow the last taste in their mouths to be muck. Our hearts are breaking here in Longford. A tsunami of equines in need are calling for us but we are mere mortals . We are not super heroes, we do not have infinite space, infinite time and infinite resources . We are not in this for glory or praise we are a small group of people who do our Damn best to help as many horses as we can. We can only do it with your support. Some of the ponies are safe with us, as many as we could get, we’ll be going back for the rest as soon as we get the go ahead. The cost of running the lorry is circa 200 Euro a trip. The animals are in such poor condition they need rugs at 60-80 Euro each. Each needs a passport at 30 Euro each, marking and microchipping another 50 each. Urgent veterinary care???? Who knows how much it will cost. The basics of worming and delousing. The Colts will need gelding when they are strong enough. The cost of food! Our hearts are breaking for these animals. Today we watched that little grey mare try and look after her little foal with a lump in our throats and sheer anger bubbling inside us. We spoke about the ones we left behind with a sickening feeling in our stomachs they need us and we neeđ you. At times we think we have hardened towards neglect and nothing surprises us but the past few weeks have shown us we havent. The same passion is inside all the volunteers that was there when we established 4 years ago, this small team won’t give up. We’re determined here in Longford not to let these animals down.
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Mammy and baby abandoned at Christmas. Sadly we fear its only the start. This little one needs lots of love and care. His little rug has been ordered and his belly is full. He’ll have the vet this afternoon and receive the necessary treatment. We’ve everything crossed for a Christmas miracle.
Good evening everyone. We can truly say We have just had a day from hell. Our whole team of volunteers have been out in force battling the elements to get animals to safety after the storm. We can safely say Longford is submerged in water. Fields not even prone to flooding are underground. Some of our own land with Our field shelters have also been affected. We’ve been out since dawn, rescuing and almost rowing home. A record number of trips to the vet were made today. The volunteers cars and vans could not withstand the floods so our jeeps were not off the road today.
We sit here tonight and think of the day, we managed to get horses off the main road where their fence had fallen Down and their field submerged. We aided many people with moving their animals to safety, we prepared for incoming animals and we tried to fix up our own place damaged by the storm. We rescued an injured duck (a first even for us) dogs, cats, little foals and yearlings. Tomorrow our day is filled again. We must try and get more suffering animals to safety.
We don’t ask very often but please if you can at all help us help the animals in need. HHO intend to help support the animals and their owners in the wake of this devastation by helping get their animals to safety and helping with extra feed, rugs, shelter if and when needed.
We also need to support the animals in our çare and with the vet, feed, straw and repair bill on the rise we need your help.
More photos tomorrow of the 20+ animals rescued today. We’ll be counting on you all. We know it is coming to Christmas and we know things are tight but please consider a once off donation to help us help the animals in need the best we can.