Ah- the best bit about this, so many beautiful horses and ponies off to their new home. Often in a haze of constant craziness we forget to reflect on the good things. We’re so proud that we consistently rehome the ponies in our care, we are very lucky we don’t usually experience a stagnant period of rehoming and each week we are blessed to rehome between 7-10 ponies through our European rehoming programme, this is vital to enable us to continue helping those who need it. Obviously the more we home, the more we can take in. So this weekend, we said goodbye to Carmel and Bandit Odessa, Bruno, Tara and Kerry, our one eyed boy David Brown, as they continue their journey to their homes we can only be pleased that we were just a small part of their lives, we are very proud of each and every one of them who have experienced an array of difficulties, from starvation, abandonment, to untreated injuries, each one of them leaving it all behind them to start afresh, to be loved dearly, to be a families world. Good bye, safe travels and good luck little friends, we’ll be watching you all!
Foal mania at HHO!!! We think they are falling out of the sky! Here is little Megan with her rescue mummy Gypsy! These pair have quite a unique story, Gypsy came to us only a short while ago, emaciated and clearly close to foaling, the huge surprise was not only one foal came but two, Megan is actually a twin, something we haven’t seen here in all the years of HHO and all the mares we have had foal. Sadly her little brother Harry didnt make it despite all our efforts and around the clock care, he survived only two days and went rapidly down hill. Fortunately Megan and Gypsy are now doing well and are getting stronger every day. We are looking forward to the day they are both strong enough to go to their forever home.
The end of an era here at Hungry Horse Outside, sadly Benson our Geep (cross between a goat and sheep), died this evening. He has been an integrite part of HHO and our story. He has been a constant face and friend to all the staff at HHO. A funny and interesting creature, almost our mascot. Happy to walk on a lead with our dogs, no stranger to jumping in to the back of a van or a car, a big fan of the public and biccies. Funnily enough he wasn’t a fan of either sheep or goats preferring to share a stable with a horse. Benny came to us many years ago when the yard he was living on was closing and he was to be put to sleep. He kept box walkers company in the stable, although free to do what he wanted with us he continued his job here without being asked. He had a particular love for chestnut horses and always favoured their stable, he stood watching weak chestnut horses on many of night, taking the longest shift all by choice. We’ve been privileged to have him as part of our crew since the beginning. We’re not sure how old he was but the answer was always the same ‘old’. We will never forget his quirky ways, he will be sorely missed around our yard. It wont be the same tomorrow morning knowing he is not waiting for us, knowing he wont knock on the door for a biscuit ever again. Good bye our little friend, we hope we did you justice, you’ll be sorely missed.
Ireland’s loss is Germany’s gain. From unwanted in Ireland to treasured family pet in Germany. HHO Tara! #rescueponiesireland
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…
What a crazy few days, after 4 years of rehoming abroad we finally decided to take on the journey ourselves to get a real feel for it, whilst we have been sending our own vehicles for quite some time, it is the first time the heart of HHO took to the ports, the motorways and the autoban to get these horses home, it is a rare occasion more than one of us gets time away at the same time, prior to this we had been relying on the guidance of different drivers our own included but our volunteers decided that is was time to undertake the 6 day long journey ourselves, it allows us to see what improvements can be made for the ponies, what works, what doesnt and finally we can understand just how one small incident can delay the trip for hours something you dont think of until you are sitting in that traffic jam. It was opportunity to see the job through to the very end, and observe the cycle become complete. We’ve seen the horses at their very worst and now we can definitely say we have seen them at their very best. There is no greater feeling than giving a rescue pony a chance at a real future. On a long and difficult roadway, at points where we thought we were coming to the end of the earth, we thought to ourselves we would drive anywhere, do anything to get these little pets to their families. Each little life on the transport precious, deserving and relying on us to get to their families. Driving through Europe has been an education and a wonderful experience. The hospitality of the German people has been incredible. The scenic views rivalling our own beautiful country. The fantastic homes our wonderful ponies are getting is second to none with warm, kind hearted and sympathetic people. It is true what they say one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure and seeing our ponies being made so welcome to really be welcomed as part of the family is incredible, it was heart warming. So as we make our way back home to Ireland, we cant help but think how grateful we are to have our Rehoming Programme, we have now yet again confirmed that we are doing the right thing for them. So to Ally, Tulip, Dillon, Mona, Magic Mike and Elf we wish you all the best. We’ll be watching you all as always . Goodbye little friends.
Hungry Horse outside were delighted to receive €75,000 in much needed funding from the Department of Agriculture to continue our rescue work.
These horses are straying in Longford area please share
It is with deep sadness we have learned of the passing of Patrick Robinson, our director’s Hilary’s father.
Patrick was a true gentleman, an excellent horseman and our oldest volunteer. He was a great friend and teacher to the staff and volunteers at Hungry Horse. Always willing to support and impart his knowledge and wisdom. His door always open to an animal in need and he continued to rehabilitate ponies and horses for us, even at the age of 95. The compassion shown by him will never be forgotten.
Had he not shared his compassion and knowledge, perhaps Hungry Horse would never even been established.
There are no words that can describe, our thoughts and feelings at this sad time we can only thank Paddy for all he has done.
‘You can no longer see me, but please know that I am there
I am the flowers in the garden, I am the wind beneath your hair
The memories that I left behind, shall forever be with you
As for me I am in heaven now, where my life will start anew’
Hungry Horse Outside will remain closed until Wednesday 31/10.
Paddy pictured below with a few of his very many foster ponies.