We would like to thank everyone who came along to our charity pub quiz last night, because of your help we raised over €600. All of which will go towards the 200+ horses we currently have in our care. We would like to thank all of our very generous sponsors for donating some fantastic spot prizes and vouchers that got raffled off on the night. It was a brilliant night and only for our local support we wouldn’t have done it, Thank you, from all of us here at the HHO, see you next time.
We would like to say a Massive Thank you to all that volunteered & donated yesterday for our bag packing fundraiser.
We’re pleased to announce we managed to raise the grand total of €850
We also want to give a special mention to Dunnes Stores Longford, Longford Volunteer Centre and people that were kind enough to donate some of their time. Also the lads in Direct Provision Longford. We couldn’t praise them enough for their help and hard efforts.
If anyone would like to organize a fundraiser in your area or take part in upcoming events please contact our facebook page and leave a message.
Come on ladies, who’s going to show their support for Ireland’s unwanted horses at the VHI Mini-Marathon? We’re looking for participants, will you do it for the horses? Private message us for details on how to support HHO
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.
Please be very careful in the next coming days as the beast from the east and storm Emma approach. We ask you to make sure all your fur babies are kept indoors or insulated shelter, and that water is checked regularly as the extreme drop in temperature will freeze it. Make sure fodder is in constant supply and that they have nice warm beds to lay down in. Be safe everyone and stay indoors.
Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you see a Horse/Donkey in distress
We’ve had another busy week at HHO but a journey has finally come to an end for another 10 of Ireland’s Forgotten
Last Friday we packed little suitcases and waved goodbye, to Twinkle, Shannon, Sparky, Rubble, Eddie, Menthos, Spirit, Angelina as well as Forgotten Dory and Forgotten Maeve.
We’re incredibly proud to have had a small part to play in their journey home, to be but a stepping stone for them, between their past and their new families.
They reached their new families over the past few days in Germany and Austria and we couldn’t be prouder of our little army taking on Europe. Each one with a tragic story of their own, cast aside in favor of a new life.
Good luck our little pets and we’ll be watching as always
As many of you are aware HHO run an extremely successful European Rehoming Programme for Ireland’s unwanted, forgotten, abandoned and abused equines. Well, some of our European supporters have read of the fodder crisis in Ireland and the rising costs of hay and haylage. It’s creeping higher than it has been in years.
After us posting several times about struggling to source and indeed pay for fodder for our 150 plus ponies, Richy took it upon herself to fundraise, order and organize delivery of a full lorry load of Haylage for the HHO ponies. The reality is we use six to seven bales a day, some weeks more due to our external feeding programme, almost a lorry load a week, this lorry load cost €2000 and will last the ponies hopefully 9-10 days, you can only imagine the pressure we feel to keep fodder stocked. €2000 euro every 10 days…. so you can only imagine how excited and grateful we were to Richy for organizing and fundraising this load.
Thank you so much to everyone who supported Richy’s campaign, we are totally overwhelmed by your support. Such practical and desperately needed help and to have Richy and friends fly from Germany to oversee the delivery has been amazing. We always, always, always need projects like this so if you would like to really help why not consider doing the same thing??
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.