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"One day a child will get kicked or a car will come round a corner and a horse in the middle of the drive. They are out on the roads where a car might not spot them until it's too late"

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A horse rescue charity has warned abandoned horses could cause a "serious accident" if they are left to wander freely around Dublin.

Martina Kenny, co-founder of My Lovely Horse Rescue told Sundayworld.com the organisation is “inundated” with calls of abandoned horses around Finglas, Clondalkin, Dunsink, Darndale, Ballymun and Ballyfermot - “They are the main areas we keep getting calls about”, she said.

The organisation said residents are “fed up” of abandoned horses wandering around housing estates, roads and abandoned council areas in Dublin. and concerned that a “serious accident” could occur with children playing in estates or with cars passing.

"One of these days a serious accident is waiting to happen. Children are playing in these estates where horses are just wandering around or tied to trees and railings in the green.

"One day a child will get kicked or a car will come round a corner and a horse in the middle of the drive. They are out on the roads where a car might not spot them until it's too late", a My Lovely Horse spokesperson said.

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Ms Kenny said there has been a “big increase” in young, neglected horses being kept in unsuitable residential areas during the summer months.

Mostly used for horse riding and sulky racing, the co-founder said the horses are “too young” to be ridden because they are not fully developed which can lead to back and leg injuries.

Ms Kenny said: “Poor young foals and yearlings that are basically just run into the ground for summer. "They shouldn’t even be ridden.

“We’re seeing foals coming into us with shoes on, that’s under a year old with shoes on, that is so bad”.

“Somebody is going to get hurt eventually, either kids on the horse or a car collision”, said the co-founder.

My Lovely Horse Rescue often confiscate injured horses in these areas in Dublin.

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Ms Kenny said: “They get injured in so many ways from running into wire, to getting really badly lame, to just not being looked after. They get really sick with worms – lots of different issues”.

The neglected horses are usually not aggressive, "they're just broken, their spirit is gone", said the co-founder.

Ms Kenny said most of the horses don’t have chips and passports, and the problem is up to the council and the Department of Agriculture to enforce laws and implement controlled animal safety.

The charity is urging people to continue complaining to their council when they see horses kept in unsuitable areas or help by donating to My Lovely Horse Rescue.

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