Late yesterday evening we heard a little bray for help. We got a phone call about a little orphan donkey who needed us. Just three weeks old and her mother had sadly passed away, with no mammy her chances were looking bleak. Thankfully for this little girl a wonderful member of the public got her to HHO who then contacted the experts at the Donkey Sanctuary Ireland, who immediately offered assistance, not only to help us with her but to take her in to their care. Within hours a lorry called to HHO to collect this little girl, a veterinary team were on standby for her and staff ready to see to every need of this little girl. We’re tremendously grateful to the Donkey Sanctuary Ireland for yet again coming to the aid of HHO. We’re so grateful to have been able to help little Mary find her way to them. Good luck Mary we’re all rooting for you. We’re looking forward to hearing the updates
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.
Please Share and Help, don’t turn a blind eye tonight and don’t assume someone else will help.
Tonight we sit with tears in our eyes, shaking our heads in dismay, our hearts broken and our spirit crushed, wondering if we are fighting a losing battle, will anything ever change for these animals. Tonight we could express our anger in a million ways, but truthfully we are too upset to be angry and such a post will not help this beautiful girl who needs our help
This afternoon we happened among this little girl. She needed our help and we could not turn our back on her. What a pitiful sight she is, not much more than a pup but a life time of abuse she has led, neglected and left to suffer horrendously.
Covered from head to toe in mange, her skin is on fire, we couldn’t even imagine the pain it has caused her. Open and untreated wounds cover her frail little body, a look of desperation in her eyes.A computer cable wrapped tightly around her neck. It is beyond our comprehension how this girl could be left to suffer like this, how a so called owner could look at her each day and not even care. This little girl is painfully thin, weighing not even half of what she should, probably living on the bare minimum she needed to just survive.Is this a life for any dog? The sheer cruelty is just beyond belief, it’s just heartbreaking to see these innocent little ones subjected to this appalling treatment and sadly we won’t be able to change the world overnight but we will do our absolute best to change the world for this little girl.
She is currently undergoing intensive veterinary treatment, she spent today at our vets, where they have done their absolute best to make her more comfortable and begin her treatment.
We’d like to thank everyone who helped today, those who brought her to our attention and the ladies in the vets who vowed to do their best to help.
This little girl has a very long road to recovery but we are hopeful she will get there and we are more than willing to stay with her every step of the way, we’re also hoping the public will get behind her and do their best to support her, even a couple of euro will help towards her veterinary fees and care.
Tonight she is comfortable, lying in a bed of her own, exhausted and sleeping.
We’re hoping for a Christmas miracle.
If you wish to help with a small donation towards the veterinary costs you can do so here http://www.hungryhorseoutside.com/donate/
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.