NEW HOMES NEEDED FOR ABANDONED HORSES
Charities like the ISPCA and IHWT work at the coalface of equine welfare, dealing with the misfortunate horses and ponies that become casualties of the unregulated sector.
Owners for abandoned and mistreated horses are rarely identified and prosecutions are, sadly, few and far between.
A complete revamp of Ireland's horse identification system and enforcement of any penalties for infringements would make the work of welfare charities far easier.
A person convicted of cruelty and either fined or imprisoned would be far less likely to do the same thing again than someone who gets away scot free. Until such a system comes into play, the charities must continue to pick up the pieces.
The ISPCA rescue centres are currently full to capacity and before the charity can take in any more horses and ponies, it needs to find homes for a wide range of horses.
The following is just a selection of the horses and ponies looking for new homes and information on all horses can be found on www.ispca.ie/rehoming or by contacting the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford on 043 33 25035 or the ISPCA Victor Dowling Equine Rescue Centre on 022 43218.
Smokey is a rising four-year-old Connemara cross pony. Measuring 13hh, this grey has been broken and would make a terrific all-rounder for some lucky family.