Irish Horse Welfare Trust Horse Projects
(Moyross Schools Programme – Jnr Shools Programme with IHWT Certificates)
IHWT Limerick Moyross
Over the last ten years the Irish Horse Welfare Trust has worked in Limerick in Moyross changing lives of horses and children and young adults with an interest in Equines. Working with the Garda youth diversion project the IHWT courses have proven to be one of the most successful of the projects. Courses act not only to improve equine handling and care skills but also motivate each and every one of the participants. Many have successfully graduated the Equine programmes with a Fetac qualification and a greater understanding and love of the horse.
Courses have also been run in Wicklow and Dublin (Darndale and Finglas) with many young people gaining new skills and a deeper understanding of caring for their horses and ponies. In addition Hoof Care Courses have been run in Wicklow and Dublin with plans to start soon in Kildare.
IHWT and Dunsink Horse Club Project
New Dunsink Horse Club logo designed by IHWT & Horse Owners
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust, working with Fingal Co Co and responsible horse owners in Dunsink, came together early January to discuss changing the lives of the equines and horse owners, on the landfill longterm, with the introduction of the first ever equine project management plan. This is the very first of such plans ever to take place in Dublin with regard to Equines.
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust and Fingal and responsible horse owners over a two day period rounded up and micro chipped and passported over 70 equines, taking over 20 equines into care. Horse Sport Ireland sponsored the passports and Micro-chipping of all of the equines. All stallions at Dunsink have now been castrated to prevent indiscriminate breeding.
Castration of remaining colts/stallions at Dunsink
Training for owners and club members, including the provision of FETAC Level 4 training in Stable & Yard Routine. Is now in progress a total of 22 owners are participating in the training. with a waiting list of large numbers for a second course. Further courses are planned due to the demand from the horse club; however these will be subject to sponsorship to cover their costs and urgently need funding to support this iniative. Courses will also be run for junior members during the summer holidays and mid terms.
Dusink Horse Club owners at their IHWT FETAC Training Course
Development of Horse Site at Dunsink
The site for horses to be kept and managed has been identified will require some development work. This includes boundary treatment, hard standing, some stabling/sheltering facilities, interior fencing and a paddock/trotting area. The key to keeping horses in a smaller area such as this is that there is no grazing provided, the horses are maintained and fed by their owners with food brought in. The ongoing management of the area will be in the form of the now formed Dunsink Horse Club, whose members agree to certain rules and conditions, and whose management will be made up of representatives from the owners, the Council and the IHWT