THE IRISH HORSE Welfare Trust is appealing for people to assist them in the run up to the winter months by sponsoring one of the animals at its facility in Wicklow.
The Trust is currently home to 92 horses at the welfare centre in Woodenbridge, which costs more than €300,000 to run. The charity is hoping to secure sponsorship for six of its ponies and horses, which have been rehabilitated after suffering cruelty and neglect.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Anthony Head is one of the supporters of the IHWT. Tracy Piggot and Irish equestrian star Jessican Kurten are also among the charity’s patrons.
The Sponsor Me programme is aimed at helping families to form a bond with the horses. Those who take part will be invited to visit the centre to see for themselves the progress the animals are making.
Sharon Newsome, co-founder of the IHWT said she wants to give people the chance to have horses and ponies in their lives:
Some of the horses have suffered so much. It is just such a heartening experience to come down to the farm and see these noble creatures, getting a well-deserved second chance at life.