Welfare issues are very real for ponies

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Holly’s Horse Haven in Omeath say that welfare issues for horses on the mountain are “very real” and have welcomed the removal of uncontrolled horses from the region.

Holly’s Horse Haven in Omeath say that welfare issues for horses on the mountain are “very real” and have welcomed the removal of uncontrolled horses from the region.

“It’s an incredibly difficult situation at the moment, but there has to be some control of these horses,” says Elaine Duffy. “There has to be some control, as animals are being dumped on the mountain and are dying.”

Just two weeks ago Holly’s Horse Haven were called by volunteers after two small ponies were found in a distressing state on the mountain.

“One of the ponies was staying by his friend’s side as he was dying. He was literally taking his last breaths. This poor wee darling pony dumped to die with his wee friend standing over him not understanding why his only friend wasn’t responding to him.

“Garrett Shine from the County Council was called and he handled the situation very well. We were able give a home to brave wee pony who was standing over his friend.

“There has to be a sensible solution to what is happening.”

Elaine said that she understood that some of the horses taken from the mountain may be euthanised. “I imagine, depending on their condition that some of the animals will be put to sleep.”

Elaine also acknowledged that healthy ponies may end up being destroyed.

“We are at breaking point here, we and other charities are breaking point, but we will do everything that we can re-home and shelter as many as we can. All we want is a way of getting to the ponies that in distress and are at risk on the mountain.”

Gerry Adams is an avid supporter of charity and visited their centre in Omeath recently.