An unfortunate, yet common sight, all over the world, and unfortunately also on our island are neglected, abused or abandoned horses and donkeys. Many on our island are tied on a
coarse rope, sometimes even to their ankle or neck, along the side of the road. They are tied down on the same spot for several days, with approximately 5-8 meters of rope, usually without water
or a shelter to protect them from our hot sun or heavy storms. Usually they are alone with little contact to their owners and no contact with other animals.
Some horses are only "used" 1 or 2 times per year for a "Big Event". Most of have no real contact or training between these rides, and are expected to carry their human for more than 30km!
Some of these animals show signs of years of neglect such as scarring or untreated open wounds. They are extremely thin, rarely dewormed and some have diseases or parasites. Others have never seen a farrier and have incredibly long hooves which in the very least, causes a great strain on their ligaments.
Once the horses and donkeys are too old or sick to use in the fields or to be ridden, they become a burden to their owners who already have a difficult time feeding the animals which “earn their keep”. Some just tie them down on a field and move them from time to time, others abandon them like the horse on the right in this picture.
He was completely dehydrated, emaciated and has a hernia on his side from a human kick.
Until now there has not been an official entity on our Island with the possibility of taking abused large animals out of their environment and into a protected one. Over the years there have been several animal-loving people who have tried to fill the gap within their means, but with large animals such as horses and donkeys, it is almost impossible to do so, for most.
It is so “normal” to see horses and donkeys kept in this manner that many people, especially those that have nothing to do with animals, or those who live in the city don’t even know that the problem exists.