Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 March 2018

Can you break an ISPCA pony?

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Are you experienced in breaking young horses and ponies? Could you donate your time and experience to help the ISPCA?

There are up to 70 horses and ponies in the ISPCA centres in Longford and Mallow who need to be rehomed in order to make room for more desperate animals in need of care.

However, many of these horses and ponies are unbroken and are less attractive to potential foster families.

Barbara Bent of the ISPCA has appealed for help from experienced equestrian people who could help her break these animals and immediately increase their appeal for rehoming.

"I have some really fabulous horses and show-quality ponies that will make brilliant family horses in time to come but the problem is that nobody wants to take an unbroken animal," she explained.

"I would love if there were people out there who could help us by taking these animals for a short time to be broken and ridden.

"Mallow has only rehomed 10 animals so far this year and we have never had such nice horses.

"This time last year we had rehomed 25."

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Among the unbroken horses and ponies at the ISPCA centres in Cork and Longford are several 12.2hh ponies, a thoroughbred mare and a number of quality sporthorse mares. Here are just a few examples:

-Cara is a pretty bay three-year-old filly measuring 12.2hh. Sweet to handle, she is ready for breaking and would make an ideal family pony.

-Lottie is a three-year-old 13.2hh coloured filly. With the ISPCA since she was a foal, Lottie is well handled and would make a lovely riding pony.

-Stella is a sweet cob-type filly. Rising three, she was a later foal and measures 13hh at the moment but should grow into a lovely all-rounder for any family.

-Flame is an unbroken four-year-old filly. She is about 15.1hh and ready to start her education.

-Nemo is a bay 15.2hh gelding. The ex-trotter would only be suitable for a hacking home as his legs were damaged before he was rescued by the charity.

If you can help, contact the ISPCA's Barbara Bent on 087 1264048.

Irish Independent