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Sunday 4 December 2016

'Sponsor a horse' with IHWT

Published 06/09/2011 | 05:00

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) has launched a new 'Sponsor a Horse' scheme that will enable horse loving kids and families to participate in the rehabilitation work done by the charity at its farm in Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow.

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The sponsorship programme is aimed at those who wish to form a unique friendship with horses that have suffered and been abused or neglected.

"We have six adorable ponies and horses that need kind sponsorship from families for less than €5 per month," explains IHWT co-founder Sharon Newsome.

Heartbreaking

"All horses and ponies were subject to dreadful cruelty and neglect and arrived in heartbreaking condition. Most may not have survived for much longer had the IHWT not intervened," she says.

"We have found many people are looking for something to share with their children or an elderly relative that doesn't involve shopping.

"Sponsoring an IHWT horse or pony offers a different experience; one that makes them feel fulfilled and can be so inspiring."

With costs of over €300,000 to run the IHWT farm and support the 92 horses and ponies living there, the charity more than ever needs sponsors to get involved and make a difference.

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"Equines who may never have experienced human kindness before need that extra special love and attention. By sponsoring a horse or pony, they will be changing horses' lives, helping us fight animal cruelty," says Sharon.

Progress

Those signing up for the 'Sponsor a Horse' scheme will become an IHWT official sponsor, receiving a certificate, monthly updates on their sponsored horse including wonderful photographs, as well as being able to follow the progress they are making by visiting the farm.

"They can groom, feed them treats or just have a coffee, put their feet up and chat away on any topic they wish; they are all ears and ready for kind companionship," she says.

For more information go to www.ihwt.ie, email info@ihwt.ie or call 0404 45720.

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