What can we say about this little child only we’re very very proud to have him on our side. A remarkable young man who dedicated his time to ensuring the HHO ponies residing at his house have the very best chance of getting a home. Kieran put his little heart and soul into HHO Annabelle and sadly on Friday he was devastated to see her leave.
Although heartbroken to see Annabelle go after spending months handling, grooming, spoiling and eventually riding her , Kieran put his own feelings aside and walked Annabelle to a lorry where she began her journey to a better life, knowing her new family would love her just as much as he did and at 10 years old knowing another pony needed him much more than Annabelle did.
We’re so so proud of you and your little sister Cliona who is flat out setting up obstacle courses and feeding carrots to the rest! You two are our heroes and well done to you both. we’re so proud of you both and thank you for joining team HHO.
So Ruby’s time with us is coming to an end, a full 17 months has passed since we found her on that horrible winter’s day. Our hearts burst with pride when we see the girl that stands before us today. At just two years old she towers over her companions, she is beautiful on the outside and inside.
What we found that day was a bag of bones, legs rotten with infection, a little yearling so weak that we were unsure if she would live but Ruby had a fire in her, a desire to live and was willing to accept the hand that was being offered to her. Our darling girl has grown up right before our eyes, the past just a distant memory, a beauty with her whole life on front of her. Every moment of worry, every sleepless night, everytime we had to lift her to help her stand, every tear we shed was worth it, would we do it again? YES!
HHO Dawn cracks us up. We’re blessed she has been rehomed to a family who continuously update us on her progress. Dawn comes from very bleak beginnings but looking at this photo we can’t help but smile and be assured she has long forgotten her days of hunger, hopelessness and neglect. She stands today, still only a baby but with a whole life of happiness ahead of her.
HHO Henry enjoying his new life with Lucia. Awh how we love happy endings. Rumour has it Henry will be making a big move to Spain in August to join Lucia and her horses back home, where he will live out the rest of his life.
Team Hungry Horse bring it home again. We’re so proud of all our rescues who competed at Ballinamore show today. Many their first day out, each one of them behaved impeccably. Each one of them abandoned, abused, neglected not so long ago, we’ve watched each one of them develop into the super stars they are today.
Huge congratulations to all their handlers especially some of our younger volunteers who showed today for the first time ever. We’re proving over and over that rescue horses and donkeys(sorry Mortamur) can win, hard work, dedication and a willingness to succeed is all it takes. If you are willing to put the effort in, it is most definitely worth considering a rescue. More homes mean more room for others in need. Well done team HHO!
Wow what a fantastic day. Guess who arrived at our yard today. Tony Head from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and his lovely partner Sarah Fischer. Tony and Sarah have set up a fantastic campaign called Cool to be Kind to help all rescue centres world wide.
Tony and Sarah spent the whole afternoon with us, met a lot of the rescues currently in our care. We had such a fantastic time and thank you so much for spending so much time with Jamie, Gadaffi, Cupcake, Mortimur and our star struck volunteers.
Cool to be kind bands are available to buy through our facebook page or in Maxi Zoo Longford. Each cent raised goes directly towards caring for the animals at hungry horse. Thank you so much Tony and Sarah and thank you for choosing HHO as one of your stops we are very privileged to have you visit and we’re looking forward to having you back.
Every now and again (about every 3 years), we manage to convince Hilary to leave Hungry Horse Outside for a few hours. We felt it was prevalent to show the young boys and girls that spend their summers doing their part to help Irish horses how a sanctuary is run. The differences between a rescue, rehabilitation and training facility to the equally important Sanctuary and the peaceful beautiful life the animals have with Sue Paling of Sai Sanctuary. Sue works equally as hard as everyone involved with Hungry Horse, giving each animal the quality of life they deserve.
Sometimes even we need a reminder to take a step back and enjoy the animal in hand and a stark reminder of the importance of what Sue has created for these animals, animals that would normally be put to sleep, due to age, health worries or a simple lack of space.
Sue extended a huge warm welcome to our young volunteers and answered all their questions as regards what she does, how she runs and how she built the life she has for the animals.
Sue helps Hungry Horse Outside out in any way she can, she has taken and supported many of our horses on a short term basis, she has also taken in many of our donkeys as well as some little ponies including Twinkle who featured on our page a number of weeks back.
Thank you Sue for showing us all your Sanctuary, for letting us meet all the animals in your care and for even looking after some of the HHO bunch for the summer, a truly remarkable woman whom we have huge respect and admiration for.
A huge huge thank you Sue for having ourselves and the gang today! (and for the cake)
On behalf of the Directors and the Volunteers of Hungry Horse Outside we would like to thank Minister Coveney for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to visit us in Longford. During his visit the Minister announced that he would be offering us €20,000 to continue our work, a very unexpected and much needed surprise.
We would like to thank the Minister and his Colleagues for their appreciation of what we do in Longford, we saw a different side of both the minister and his colleagues yesterday, normal, caring people with a great fondness for animals.
Ruby and Corky tugged on the heartstrings of Ms. McGuinness however it was Possum who is to be rehomed today to an autistic non verbal child really stole her heart.
There were several oohhs and awwhs when our ladies arrived on the riding horses, who we have to saw behaved impeccably as always, loved the attention they were getting and Esther even had a surprise rider on her back one of our local candidates.
We would also like to thank everyone who came over to support from our side, Donnagh McDonnell our vet, Michael King our County Vet, Sue Paling from Sai Sanctuary,Robert Donaghue who lent us his trap for Garfield again!Your ongoing support and believe in what we do has been incredible.
Finally thank you to all our followers who consistently supported our work we hope you will continue following us, our work and our animals through their journey from being rescued or impounded until they day they finally go home.
This money will benefit the animals of Longford greatly! Still in Shock.
When Rachel’s rescue hit the headlines, we came into contact with a charity in the UK called Henry’s Helping Hoof. A small, volunteer run organisation whose sole purpose is to alleviate the pressure on bursting rescue centres by helping any way they can.
Henry, a miniature horse was once in need of substantial help himself, his owner Caroline Howarth found herself faced with a massive vet bill in the region of £7000, so she and some friends set about doing some fundraising to cover the costs of Henry’s care. The community rallied to raise funds for Henry and eventually the colossal vet bill was paid. So overwhelmed by her communities contributions Caroline Howarth, Alex Harris, Jackie Fairclough and Katie Aspey decided to set up a charity in Prince Henrys name, in order to raise funds for other animals in trouble.
Two days after Rachel’s dramatic rescue, Caroline got in touch, with an offer of help for Hungry Horse Outside. They donated £500 pounds to help with the horses in our care. We read her message in disbelieve and found it considerably hard to believe, that the work done by Hungry Horse had tugged at the heartstrings of complete strangers in the UK. When the shock subsided, the two charities eventually got to chat and it was decided the folks of Henry’s Helping Hoof would come and visit us in the spring of 2014.
Time moved on, the drama continued to unfold at the yard, horses/ponies and donkeys continued to come and go as usual. Rachel settled in and was slowly coming around. For the first time since the yard opened it’s stable doors to rescue horses, there was hay in the shed, feed in the store room, we were not continuously worried about the dreaded word “winter”. Then disaster struck, 10 acres of land we had been renting was sold and we needed to vacate it in a matter of weeks. Suddenly worry and panic set in, unsure of what to do, we decided to roof an existing building for shelter so the horses could all come back to the yard.
To our surprise Henry’s stepped in again, this time with a further £400 to help buy materials for the roof. What do you say to that, people who have never actually met us, believe in our work so much that they felt they should/could help and at present all Hungry Horse can do for them is say thank you! Thank you a million times, Henry’s Helping Hoof Charity are continuously making the lives of so many animals better and each and every one of us should be grateful to them all.
Hungry Horse Outside is an entirely voluntary organisation, we run almost solely on the kindness of the public. From December 2012-2013 the organisation has helped 312 equines.
It has 120+ in it’s care.
We have has rehomed 65, This number would be much higher if we did not have to microchip and mark everything that comes through the door, finances just don’t allow us to do them as soon as we get them, it is illegal for horses not to be micro chipped and we will not rehome horses/ponies or donkeys without it.
Sadly in the year we have had to put to sleep 12 horses, ponies or donkeys all of whom had very serious health issues which they would have died a slow and painful death. We will not put a healthy horse to sleep.
We break and ride as many as possible in the year Dec 12 -Dec 13 we had 36 horses, ponies in training, many of whom have been rehomed.
On average the phone rings 100 times a week, each phone call is answered or returned. On average we get 25 emails a week looking for help, each one of these emails are answered.
From Jan 2013 to Dec 2013 the charity spent over €35,000 on the care of the horses, some of this money came from donations and the balance came out of the directors own pockets. Our biggest expense is hay and feed, we spend huge amounts, circa €15,000 a year on hay alone
Thank you so much for all your support it would not have been possible without all your help.