On Friday last, a call was received by Hungry Horse Outside - an equine rescue centre based in Newtownforbes.
The phone call alerted the charity’s founder, Hilary Robinson to the fact that a mare was found in distress, stuck in a drain.
The team then went to the scene, and called a vet. Then, assisted by a member of the ISPCA and some caring neighbours, they started the long operation of helping the mare out of the drain.
Happily, the mare was freed, and was administered painkillers and vitamins.
As of Monday last, she was making a good recovery, standing up and eating well though still sore.
Thankfully, the mare is expected to make a full recovery, however, not every story has such a happy ending.
This week, RTÉ’s ‘Ear to the Ground’ is looking into the issue of abandoned equines with visits to Hungry Horse outside and the ISPCA.
Presenter Ella McSweeney will join the ISPCA and Hilary from Hungry Horse Outside as they make their rounds and rescue abandoned horses and other equines.
Ear to the Ground’s visit to Longford will be televised tomorrow, Thursday November 14 on RTÉ One at 8.30pm.