Please support our ponys we have so many unwanted ones. START FEEDING STOP BREEDING
ATTENTION NON-HORSE PEOPLE:
When you see a horse trailer driving down the road how many of you think about how you don’t want to get stuck behind them? How many times have you pulled out in front of one because you’re in a hurry?
Newsflash: we haul our babies in those trailers. We. Haul. Our. Babies. These animals are the loves of our lives. 1000+ pound creatures that trust us enough to climb into a metal box on wheels and wait patiently while we drive them to our destination. That’s something completely against the nature of a flight animal but they do it anyways because we ask. Because they trust that we will keep them safe. And you know what? We do everything in our power to do that. We leave large following distances, we slow down extra for corners, we coast up to traffic lights so we won’t throw them around if it changes at the last minute. But you know what we can’t help? We can’t avoid the asshats that are in too much of a hurry to pull out behind us. We can’t avoid the people who cut into our following distance on the freeway. We leave those spaces and travel the way we do for a reason. There is upwards of 10,000lbs behind our trucks. And it’s not 10,000lbs of carefully strapped down product, it’s 10,000lbs of trailer with living, breathing horses perched on four tiny hooves balancing themselves the best they can. We leave following distances so we can stop if we need to. We don’t leave following distances for you to swerve into when you’re in a hurry. We don’t leave following distances as openings for you to pull out in front of us.
I ask from the bottom of my heart that everyone would be more aware of horse trailers on the road. Respect the load we’re carrying. Respect our need for stopping and following distances. Don’t tailgate us. Pay even more attention in inclement weather!! We do our best to keep our horses safe but it takes everyone else being more aware too! We don’t ask all of these things just because of the weight of our rigs but because if we stop too quickly or you can’t stop quickly enough, our horses can be seriously injured. Please pay attention. Please think twice about pulling out in front of us or cutting into our lane. Is that extra 30 seconds really worth it? I know my horses’ lives are worth a lot more than saving any amount of time.
UPDATED: these photos have been shared with the permission of the owner of these magnificent animals. This sorrel horse survived but has a long road to recovery. If you would like to donate to her cause, it looks there has been a GoFundMe set up for her here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-support-whitney-after-devasta…
The Shame of our Nation
We don’t know who “owned” this pony- we can’t say who is responsible but he is here now and safe.
Yesterday this little man arrived at HHO and we don’t normally have a rant but the level of our disgust needs to be aired. Not much shocks us these days but what this poor foal must have went through had to have been horrendous. …
At 6 months- fully shod, who does that? Absolutely shameful behaviour for any so called human being. What kind of country are we living in that anyone thinks this is acceptable! Used, abused and thrown on the scrap heap. This poor foal knows no better- that was his life, an endless circle of abuse.
Of course, he is just bones under a fluffy coat- why is that? Because his so called owner didn’t feed him, took him away from his mother, probably didn’t bother feeding her either! Why is he riddled with worms? Because his so called owner didn’t think he was worth paying €10 for a dose but happily rode him around.
What would have happened him? He’d have collapsed mid ride unable to get up or stand, maybe he would have died of starvation, maybe his little limbs would have buckled under the weight of an idiot, maybe the worm burden would have gotten so bad that it would have killed him slowly and painfully, what would his so called owner do? his so called owner would have walked away from him- probably move on to the next poor creature,, unlucky enough to cross their paths without a second thought.Of course they won’t bother microchipping the next one either- incase their identity would be revealed, incase they would be punished for the disgraceful cruelty they are inflicting on animals, funny how the anominity breeds cruelty.
Shame on them
A little foal- who isn’t even nearly developed forced to endure such suffering, are we making any progress at all Ireland? Can you even attempt to educate people against doing this?
Today we’re looking after your little foal, we’ll get his shoes pulled off him, we’ll worm him and we’ll feed him up, he’ll see our vet, and we’ll let him be a baby, his dead eyes and frightened look will fade in time, we’ll repair the damage you did to him over his short life and when the time is right, he’ll go home but you won’t be thinking about him- you’ve moved on the the next victim we’re sure, The “owner” of this foal not a horse man/woman those type of owners are exactly who are making Ireland the laughing stock of Europe as regards equine welfare. It is just this type of irresponsible and uncaring owners that has rescue centres absolutely wedged with their animals, that is pulling away from those people who genuinely need help and get the answer “we’re full”, these people owe the whole country an apology as well as their animals. Shameful beings
Can anyone help with his rehabilitation costs?
Hey there Delilah!
Each and every rescue horse has it’s own story to tell. Delilah’s story was one of the most heart breaking , angering and distressful we have ever experienced. To understand, you have to feel the scene. In winter 2016, we got a call about a field of horses, no food, no water, no care. With every passing day another passed away, another statistic. Upon arriving at the field we could see the urgency and action needed to be taken now. Bones scattered the area, walking further and further in we were met with decomposing carcasses, young horses, old horses all shapes and sizes, all succumbed to the same fate.
As we looked around we set about rescuing the living ones, no easy task in such a sparce area but we perservered and managed to get the remaining 9, weak, weary, shaking with cold and hunger we loaded them one by one, mammys and babies, youngsters and older ladies all made as cosy as possible on the lorry. We were afraid of the journey so a snail’s pace back to longford, there was no choice, we couldn’t leave them in what could only be described as a graveyard.
The next week is one that will haunt us all at hungry horse, an endless round of lifting weak horses, 5 in total, helping them get their footing, willing them to fight. Fight back and to see the future but sadly for these 5, that future wasn’t to be. More tears were cried during their time at HHO than we ever thought possible. We’re not easily shocked, or startled, we’ve seen things that we never believed we would but one by One, we lost them, we were too late.
And then there were 4, scrawny, hungry, saddened horses reaching to us to help them. So we swallowed out tears and put the horrors behind us and kept it together for their sake. Delilah being one of them, we distinctly remember watching Delilah and saying ‘at least she ia not in as bad a state as the others, she will make it’ and as those words lingered in the air a sudden realisation dawned on us- why were we accepting this? We shouldn’t be drawing comparisons to her comrades, here In front of us stood a mare, who you could count every Rib, her back bone protruding, covered in rain rash, yet we had said ‘at least she’s not as bad as the others’- despite everything that had happened a new anger boiled inside us, for Delilah and her remaining companions, these horses should have had the world at their feet but they were left to rot and die.
Luckily Delilah and her remaining friends began to thrive, with good care and some compassion. Soon we hardly recognised them, their lifelessness only a distant memory, day in day out they were stronger until the day each one of them went home.
Home to their families, the hell they went through just a distant memory. As we loaded Delilah on to a lorry Germany bound, we couldn’t help but be proud of her, after everything, she oozed with confidence, her trusting nature a testament to the mare she always was, even when she was suffering so badly. Delilah left us over a year ago now, she settled in to her home and gives great joy to her family, we can’t help but smile when we get sent photos of our girls new life- being the princess we always knew she was.
What is it they say? One man’s rubbish.
From unwanted, abandoned and neglected- to a best friend. This is what it is all about.
So proud of this kind and lovely pony- as always it has been a pleasure!
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.
or Via Bank
Bank Name: Ulster Bank Longford
Bank Address: Main Street, Longford
Bank Account No: 10753576
Sort Code: 98-60-30
Another day Another Animal in Need
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
Bank Name: Ulster Bank Longford
Bank Address: Main Street, Longford
Bank Account No: 10753576
Sort Code: 98-60-30
IBAN: IE49ULSB98603010753576We’ll keep you all updated
An update on our donkeys from other days as it turns out we have 3 very old ladies in their late twenties early thirties we needed sanctuary for them fast, And big thanks to Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary in Sligo for making space straight away.
Look at the ladies being greeted at their new home, it really would melt hearts to see these animals getting all the love they deserve.
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It doesn’t seem so long ago we were reporting about a little 6 week old foal being thrown over our wall. So fragile and small, needing round the clock care and his little body battered and bruised from the impact.
It’s hard to believe that over a year has passed and our little Maple has blossomed in to a stunning young man, full of happiness and confidence. Loving each day of his life. Maple immediately captured all our hearts at HHO, he was the little one who no matter how your day was brought a smile to our faces.When Maple recovered and was strong enough he was offered for adoption and his perfect family found him.
Maple left us just over 3 weeks ago and we think you’ll agree he seems to have found his hooves with Isabel and her family in Germany.
We’re so proud of how far he has come and we look forward to watching him develop over the coming years. Every late night and bottle feed was worth it.
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