So here, we seem to have Murphy’s law situations where ‘ Anything that can go wrong will go wrong’ type of year and again we’ve suffered yet another blow. So there we have it the horse box that’s hauled thousands of horses to safety over the years has seen better days. We’re wondering here if it’s even worth fixing but we can’t be without a horse box at the ready.
Just another bill we didn’t need and certainly can’t afford right now. Does anyone want to contribute to help get it back on the road? any donation would be greatly appreciated and a step in the right direction.
Yesterday, Hungry Horse Outside visited a site in Co. Monaghan following a complaint made by a member of the public concerned about the well-being and conditions a Shetland pony was being kept in. Upon arrival at the site, the team discovered an elderly Shetland pony, later named Marty, in an appalling condition. His hooves grossly neglected and overgrown. A case which clearly did not develop overnight.
It became apparent that he would need to be removed immediately and receive urgent treatment. After a little rearrangement of the day, we successfully removed him from the situation with the help of the relevant authorities.
Little Marty was taken directly to the vet for the immediate commencement of his treatment. There, x-rays were taken to assess the damage caused to him and a course of treatment decided. Fortunately, for Marty his future is starting to look bright.
After the vets had assessed him, he received farrier treatment to make him more comfortable, eventually at 9 pm last night, we were given the okay to bring Marty home, for the first time in god knows how many years, he slept comfortably on a big bed of straw, his belly full and looking a little relieved. This morning he is walking much better and is starting to feel more comfortable and brighter in himself.
To think in 2018, we’re still struggling with damn right ignorance, stupidity and neglect. There is no excuse for this behavior and absolutely no excuse for gross neglect. Perhaps, once upon a time little Marty was part of someones family, suddenly he’s surplus to requirements, he didn’t even mean enough to his so called owners to spend €20 euro to keep his hooves trimmed, absolute torture and indifference was chosen over adequate care.
Perhaps, an old man like Marty wasn’t worth the effort, he had no monetary value, so why bother? It’s not a good enough excuse to leave him suffer the way he did. We’ve heard all the excuses and they just aren’t good enough. We want change.
We need to thank all parties involved for their quick action, from the authorisation, to the vets and the farrier for priortising Marty.
As it stands Marty will need all the support he can get, his rehabilitation is only beginning.
If you would like to donate towards Marty’s care you can click the link below. We can’t continue to help without your support.
This teeny tiny little man came to us last night through the Warden. He needs special care and is safe with one of our volunteers now. He is about 5-6 weeks old and has a deformity in his front leg, making it difficult for him to get around. We’ve decided we’ll fund his care as we do with all special needs and unwanted dogs in Longford but we’d appreciate your help to put him on the right road to recovery.
Right now he is exhausted and constantly hungry.
At the moment, we are waiting on an x-ray appointment to see exactly what is wrong with his leg, which should be happening this evening. Once we are fully aware of what has happened him, we’ll continue his treatment as recommended by the vet. We’ll know more about the costs of this treatment as soon as we can get the xray results.
In the interim, he needs micro-chipping, vaccination, worming, defleaing and some puppy milk, together with his initial vet fees.
If you would like to donate to his immediate or ongoing care you can do so by clicking the link below
It is only really when you look back on their rescues, you appreciate how far they have come.
When HHO was called to a horrendous scene last year, we were met with carcass upon carcass. A field of horses absolutely famished with hunger, but we were to unearth something even more sinister upon inspection. A shed full of ponies starving to death, no sign of food or water, no light just days spent locked inside a dark shed with no contact of any kind. Of course each one of them were loaded up and brought home, 18 horses in total.
One of whom was a little chestnut mare we named Saidie. Not only was Saidie starved with in a fraction of her life, we soon discovered she had other problems, an old neck injury which caused her whole head to tilt to one side. Upon examination it was deemed it would never be fixed but caused her no distress and she would lead a normal life, although she would look unusual, we quietly accepted it and set about her rehabilitation.
Saidie and her comrades received all the treatment they needed but she herself never seemed to gain ground. Even after months of good food, good worming and good care she looked almost the same as she did on the day she came in. We persevered, as did Saidie. What seemed like a life time later Saidie suddenly started to look and feel better, a feeling she may not have ever felt in her lifetime.
Seeing Saidie galloping, her head tilted to one side yet still bucking and playing, so happy to be alive. It was heart warming, something we never thought we’d see. Saidie settled in to life at HHO, we even moved her for the summer to our permanent residents never thinking she would be re homed, an air of acceptance that she was part of the long term herd, with that she suddenly began thriving.
Then completely out of the blue one of our previous adopters got in touch , inquiring about our saidie, we explained her problems both past and present but there was no deterring this wonderful family. She was to be their special girl. As we loaded Saidie last Thursday a mix of joy and overwhelming emotion rushed over us. She walked to the lorry like a pro (head still twisted to one side) and up she jumped, one last look at us and she was gone. Off to her new life.
We waited anxiously for news, then early Saturday morning we received it. Saidie was home, she had finally arrived at her forever home and her family are thrilled with this special girl. Saidie’s story gives us hope for everyone. Saidie will now have the life we could never give her, a life we could only dream of. Good luck Saidie, as always it has been a pleasure, we wish you all the best in life.
much love, all at the HHO.
This is Saidie enjoying life to the full in Germany with her wonderful new owner & best friend Elvira
Forgotten horses and hho wormed and microchiped the remaining ponys but again there was another down
Our little Loughrea darling managed to stand today with a little help. She has a small bit of fight. As you can see she is literally skin and bone. We’ve everything crossed for our girl. Please keep her in your thoughts we’re willing her to get stronger. Come on girl!!!
Sadly, no matter how hard we tried, little Starlight did not have the strength to continue her fight. She slipped away to rainbow bridge joining so many of Ireland’s forgotten horses. Run Free our little darling.
The Rainbow Bridge For Horses
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
when their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
is a place where beloved creatures find rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
til The Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed.
Their bodies have healed with strength imbued.
They trot through the grass without even a care,
til one day they whinny and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes sharp and alert.
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the herd.
For just at that second, there's no room for remorse.
As they see each other…one person…one horse.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart
has turned to joy once more in each heart.
They nuzzle with a love that will last forever.
And then, side-by- side, they cross over…together.
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
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.
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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