Irish Horse Welfare Trust has excellent stabling, facilities and
experience to help rehabilitate horses and ponies. Many horses and
ponies arrive into care in a very neglected state and it takes weeks
and even months to bring them back to full health. Once rehabilitated
fully IHWT horses and ponies become available for rehoming to suitable
||Rose, a young thoroughbred
filly found in bad condition, is making a good recovery. She
is already provisionally booked to go to a new home when fully
||Tilly, a neglected little
pony mare was in foal when taken into care. Sadly she has obviously
suffered much abuse throughout her life which has left her traumatised
and defensive. She gave birth to a healthy filly foal called
Summer who is doing well. Tilly may never find a suitable
home but will remain in the care of IHWT and will never again
|Photo to come shortly
||Three Old Folks, Mable, Tony
and Valerie, came into care at various stages over late
Spring. Mable and Tony have already gone to live in new homes
and Valerie is provisionally booked for a new home when fully
back to health.
|Jack is a pony gelding,steel
grey and very pretty. He was terrified of people when first
taken into care, but after weeks of good care and understanding,
he became a healthy and happy pony. Chancer is a pony
gelding, bay with black points. He has a lovely calm temperament
- although initially when rescued he was very nervous of people.
Jack and Chancer went off to a new home together in Co Meath
and are enjoying living in the lap of luxury together! Everyone
at IHWT was delighted that they were homed together as the two
are very close pals.
||Princess, a 13hh grey pony
mare had clearly been neglected for a long time. Apart from
being extremely thin, her hooves were also neglected and she
was very lame. She started to put on weight within a few weeks
but most of it seemed to be going around her middle. Sure enough
the vet soon confirmed that she was in foal! Princess has now
gone out to a lovely home with a family who are delighted with
her and are happy that she will be having the foal. The photo
shows Princess ready to go to her new home.
|Two little ponies that came into
care are called Tutter, a 2 year old miniature Shetland,
and OJ a grey pony foal. Both were in very poor condition.
In addition Tutter was missing almost half of his hair and OJ
was really in a very weak state. Both little ponies were very
frightened initially and great care had to be taken to gain
their trust. We stabled the two tiny tots together and they
soon settled in. Both little ponies have gone to a fabulous
new home and will be staying together.
|Winston is a half bred 4
year old gelding who was found in very bad condition. He was
also extremely head shy. Following veterinary treatment, worming
and treatments for lice, he started to put on weight. He soon
became friendly and there was then no problem putting on the
head collar. It turned out that he had been broken and ridden
and having been with us for only a few months moved on to a
lovely new home. He is hacked out occasionally and shares his
new home with four mares!
||Molly, an Irish Draught Cross-bred
mare was only four when she was taken into our care. She had
been left in winter on a bare paddock with no grazing or hay. She
has a beautiful kind nature. Following veterinary treatment
and feeding, she was later re-homed with a lovely family who
||Silver was a
four year old Palomino who was taken into care in an appalling
state. He was emaciated and dehyrated. Everyone put in a huge
effort for him including 2 hourly checks throughout the night. Although
initially he made progress in care, it transpired that he had
sustained serious kidney damage through his neglect and sadly
he had to be put to sleep.
||Two TB Mares were found in appalling
condition. Both were emaciated. Hazel was covered in
ringworm. Ella had the end of glass bottle embedded in
lower leg and heel. They were both rehabilitated and re-homed.
||Another poor horse was found on
a piece of common ground in winter so emaciated and weak that
he had to be put to sleep. It would not have been possible to
move or transport him into care. Sadly it was too late. Perhaps
if he had been noticed earlier he might have had a chance.
||Murphy was found in very
poor condition with severe injuries to his lower leg. It was
a big operation involving veterinary help to transport him into
care. There were weeks of special feeding and veterinary care
for Murphy. His injury was so severe that he would never again
be able to have a rider on him but luckily a lovely home was
found for him as a companion to a donkey.
||Barney was only 6 months
old when he was found emaciated, dehydrated and with a dislocated
jaw. It took weeks of veterinary treatment and care at IHWT
before he even began eating properly again. Happily he made
a full recovery and is now in a lovely home.