Dylan Boggan from Mayglass had been working with the animal at a stables near Fethard-on-Sea when it kicked out at him, causing him fatal injuries.
The incident took place at around 1.30 p.m. and emergency services were immediately called to the scene.
The Coast Guard Rescue 117 helicopter was dispatched and paramedics from the National Ambulance Service worked on the young man alongside local doctors, eventually moving him to the chopper and transferring him to Cork University Hospital.
Sadly, doctors were unable to save Dylan's life and at around 3pm that afternoon, his family was given the devastating news.
Among those to have attended the scene, was Independent councillor and Ambulance Officer for the Wexford Region, Cllr Ger Carthy.
He said: “This really is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions to lose a man so young. My thoughts go out to his family. There was a large multi-agency response and everybody involved, from the two doctors in Fethard to the advanced paramedics and the helicopter crew, fought valiantly to save his life. Sadly there was no more we could do.”
A former student at Bridgetown Vocational College, Dylan was said to have been a quiet, gentle and caring young man who had a great love for animals, the great outdoors and country living.
Teacher at the college, Aontú councillor Jim Codd, formed a friendship with the young man during his time at the school and was struggling to come to terms with the devastating news.
"He was a real gentle, quiet-going chap and he absolutely loved the countryside,” he said.
“Nobody would have a bad word to say about that young man. He was a lover of nature and a real kind, honourable, gentle and decent young man who was loved by all who knew him.
"I knew him very well. I was often up at his house. I was only talking to him a couple of weeks ago and I fully expected to meet up with him over Christmas.
"His old school mates have been contacting me all morning about it. It’s a testament to how popular he was. People in the area are so upset. It’s very sad.”
Details of Dylan’s funeral mass have yet to be announced.
He is survived by his heartbroken parents Sabrina and David and his younger brothers Aaron and Jordan and sister Eva. May he rest in peace.