Ireland are known for their horses; whether it be leisure, sport or breeding. Sadly, however, they aren’t always revered. This has been a retreating notion for several years, but never so much as now. Numerous recent reports have already highlighted the ongoing problems with abandonment, slaughter and black market horse meat scandals. It seemed things couldn’t get any worse. But they have. Far worse.
Concern is growing over the welfare of horses in Dublin after several horrific incidents on a housing estate. The worst of these are about horses who are being beaten, starved and mowed down by quad bikes. Read more about the plight of these animals and how rescue organizations and the Gardai are struggling to cope with this ever growing problem (warning: graphic images).
It has been estimated that there are 3000 horses needing care in Dublin alone and some suggestions for population control include birth control, compulsory castration and even euthanasia. Despite existing (but poorly enforced) micro-chipping legislation which should aid prosecutions, the situation is rapidly becoming unmanageable. Full story….
At the beginning of the 20th century, more than two million wild horses roamed the American West. There are now more wild horses in captivity than there are in the wild. Thousands of horses are sent to slaughterhouses every year as the roundups continue and dozens of herds are being removed from their habitats. Read more on Wild Horses – a fund raising & information website for an independent film about the plight of wild American mustangs.
Food for thought – grass, hay, and grain go in one end of the horse and what’s left comes out the other…what more does anyone need to know about the digestive tract? For owners who want to keep their horses healthy, the answer is, “Plenty!”. Read Kentucky Equine’s quick guide to the Equine Digestive Tract here.
Record-breaking Australian mare Black Caviar will have extra help for a 30-hour flight to Britain for Royal Ascot. The unbeaten 21-time winner will wear a body compression suit, similar to those used by athletes, to aid blood movement during her trip. Read more here.
Worldwide demand for life-size horse mannequins – a brilliant idea for rescue training/field companion? Resquip, a small company based in mid-Wales (UK) is finding a demand for its products as far afield as Australia and the USA. The business evolved as an offshoot from making props for film sets and shop window displays when realising that emergency services were increasingly involved with rescuing horses.
Read a firefighters perspective on dealing with horses here.