A skewbald pony mare found tangled in her tether, with an old bicycle cutting into her, is now enjoying life at a sanctuary in western Ireland.
The North Mayo Horse Sanctuary highlighted the pony’s plight on its Facebook page last Sunday, saying she was found terrified, shivering, in pain and unable to move.
She was reported to be less than 100 metres from a church. “Did nobody see her?” the charity asked in its post, after tending to the mare that morning after being alerted by a passer-by.
The little mare had been tethered to a fencepost but had got tangled and the sprocket from a wrecked bicycle had cut into her leg.
The case, it said, was yet another another example of the issues rescue groups faced every day.
“When is the government going to enforce the microchip and registration legislation? Nobody knows what to do!! Is it a council issue or is it a DAFM [agriculture department] issue?”
The County Mayo charity provided an update on Tuesday, saying the mare, since named Sprocket, had been pampered and groomed by two volunteers, Beata Gronowska and Evie Mfk.
She had been seen by a vet, and is being stabled to allow a ligament injury to heal.
“She is still very nervous and shy but a great improvement from yesterday.”