Baby Maple arrives at HHO

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.

Young Foal in purple rug

Marley brown and white foal

Briar Hill Update

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.

Briar Hill, Galway – Animal Hell (Graphic Content)

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


When will the Donkey Abuse end?

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

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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Run Free Bella

This morning we bring you some heartbreaking news, yesterday afternoon our little Bella passed peacefully with those who loved her. It was the professional opinion of her vet and her farrier that the kindest thing to do for her was let her go. We had all been worried over the last number of days and weeks that her progress had slowed and in fact was non existent, she was finding it harder and harder to walk, her treatment wasn’t having the effect it needed to be having on her much to the disdain of all who had a part in her rescue and her aftercare.
Like everything in life, the hardest thing to admit is when you have lost. We won a series of mini battles with Bella but ultimately previous neglect won the war, it too much for this very special little girl.

The little girl who was so unwanted by so many people, who lived a life of torture, was also the sweetest kindest little girl one could meet.
We had her life mapped out for her, she’d never want again, she could stay with us for the rest of her life, nodding around with some of our oldies, she’d always have a place to call home, we wanted to show her the world, a world of kindness and compassion something Bella missed out on all her life. In 7 short weeks Bella stole the hearts of the team at HHO,since receiving the devastating news yesterday that she wouldn’t get any better, there has been a quiver in the voice of anyone speaking her name, eyes watering in those who were listening, we’re devastated to say the least, our hearts ache today, there is someone missing around the HHO yard this morning, a void that will never be filled.

Bella’s stable lies empty this morning, her little gate still hanging as if she is still there watching what activity is around the yard, her rubber matting still in place and a bed of straw fit for a princess remains unslept in. After what has been such a difficult week, we’re at such a low. Our beautiful girl, with her beautiful heart is at rest now, we’re hoping she knew how much we cared about her, how much we loved her, how much we willed her to live and be happy.

Rest now sweetheart, you were one in a million, we’re so happy we plaited your mane, groomed your little body. smuggled extra carrots into your stable, took all those moments to sit and speak to you.
Thank you to everyone who sent Bella little gifts and thank you to everyone who sent a donation towards her farrier and veterinary treatment, to those who sent bottles of “buteless” to help with her pain.
Bye Bye Darling girl, we’re sorry we couldn’t save you, we tried so so hard. xxx

Darling Bella

Abandoned, Impounded, Rehomed, Abused and Seized

The story of a little girls life, born to be abused and unloved. How sad that little Bella has suffered so terribly for so much of her life. A pony, we’re sure would have been a child’s best friend, a valued member of the family, to get stuck in a viscous cycle of neglect and human incompetence.


Bella neglected hoofBella’s Hoove’s hacked in a DIY botch job


Bella’s life started with neglect which resulted in her being impounded in 2009 and it almost ended with horrendous neglect. Here at HHO we tortured ourselves all day yesterday, all night last night, we all shed tears, we all voiced anger, shouting at each other about how unfair this girls life was. we dug and dug for answers. We had braced ourselves to hear the worst and to give her the first ounce of dignity she has ever been shown. We decided, she’d never see pain again.


There is now a Ray of Hope for this once forgotten little girl.

A good friend of ours said to us yesterday as we were torn between two decisions “She’s with you now, whatever the result for her, you can be assured that’s the last of her suffering”.
We woke up this morning in a daze, Bella still on our minds, prepared to hear the worst from the professionals. Only to hear that she has a chance of survival and living a life pain free, with professional and regular care. She’ll need specialist attention, she’ll need regular farrier treatments, she’ll need regular veterinary care and until her treatment is over she’ll need correct pain management and there is a good chance she can live out her life normally. Wow! We’ve seen cases like Bella before, only a fraction  of whom could be saved. Maybe she is meant to be, maybe she was meant to come to us, who knows but we’re fighting and she’s fighting.
Bella has an infection in both her feet, she is also quite underweight(fluffy coat), she’ll be seeing the vet again on Monday and has been administered pain killers and all sorts of concoctions for infection, she has been fitted with a poultice and some shoes on both her hooves.
Bella’s road to recovery is long and we’re willing to help her every step of the way but we’re calling on you to help us help her. Bella’s care in just over 24 hrs has been 300 euro. We don’t expect it to continue at that per day but they will be consistent and constant.
We’ve been advised after the initial pain has subsided that we switch her from bute to a buteless pain killer a natural alternative as it will be easier for her little system to cope with and will have no side effects, these cost 21.50 per syringe.

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Rachel is rescued by Hungry Horse Outside

On the morning of November 8th 2013, Hungry Horse Outside received a phone call regarding a horse is distress. A mare who had been trapped in a drain overnight. The mare had been trapped for so long she had stopped fighting for her life, she had accepted she would die and no one was coming to help her.

Upon arrival at the location, the directors quickly assessed the situation, they realised that the mare would die an unthinkable death if they could not manage to get her out rapidly. They immediately called the vet and neighbours offered to help pull the horse out. It was a long operation and this little one would not have survived without the quick thinking of our directors.

Hillary desperately tries to save Rachael from this death trap

After a long struggle, she was out and Hungry Horse managed to get her standing. They loaded her into the horsebox and brought her back to the yard for emergency treatment. It was then discovered, at just 3 years old she was in foal and because she was trotted as a yearling she suffers from arthritis in one of her back legs.

Rescued Horse
Safe at last!

The little mare has been named Rachel after the woman who alerted Hungry Horse to the scene, she is expected to make a full recovery and will be seen by a neck and back specialist next week.

Maizie is rescued by Hungry Horse Outside

It is with heavy hearts we bring you Maizies story.

On Friday evening,(20/09/13) Hungryhorse Outside received a phonecall regarding a little pony in distress. When Maizie was found, we were utterly horrified at her condition. Words alone are not sufficient to describe the misery of this little pony.

Imagine hitting your thumb with a hammer, imagine that pain continously, imagine trying to function with that pain in ALL your fingers.
That is only a glimpse of Maizie’s suffering. Poor Maizie is covered in lice and has a horrendous kidney infection, so severe when you touch her kidney area she kicks out in distress.

This pony has suffered for 20 + years, her owner insists her hooves were trimmed 6 MONTHS AGO. It’s organisations like Hungry Horse Outside,that are picking up the slack and the bills because of peoples ignorance and inhumanity.

We have had a vet’s report done and have administer pain killers to this little girl, she will receive a visit from a master farrier on Tuesday or Wednesday at the very latest who will also do an official report on her condition. Sadly combined these reports will seal this little girls fate.

Neglected Horse with curves hooves
Curved Hooves due to neglect.