Pony had to be put down after horendous accident during "sulky" race

Contributed by Jasmine on Jun 16, 2014 - 03:33 PM

Following a head on collision with a car during a "sulky" race near the rugby ground on the Kilkenny to Waterford road, a young pony thought to be around 2 years old had to be put down due to horrific injuries.

The car driver was not injured and stated that the sulky drivers fled the scene, he explained that the pony had become detached from the trap and ran across the road, colliding with a car. The local community has expressed outrage.

Sulky racing where young ponies frequently too young to be broken are raced flat out around the roads has resulted in numerous accidents. Following another accident just over a week ago in Tipperary were another pony was left injured and abandoned the ISPCA has once again called for a ban on "sulky" racing.

Dr Andrew Kelly of the ISPCA said today that he believes the use of sulkies on public roads should now be banned.

ǽ?????Driving young horses and ponies flat out at excessive speed on Irelandǽ??????s busy roads, often by children as young as 10-years-old, is not only risking the lives of innocent road users, the people involved in sulky road trotting but also the welfare of the animals engaged in this dangerous practice,ǽ????? he commented. ǽ?????All it takes is one trip or stumble which can be fatal, cause a significant injury to the horse or cause a serious road traffic collision.ǽ?????

From an animal welfare point of view, Kelly said these horses are often too young to be broken and this causes serious damage to their undeveloped joints and ligaments.

ǽ?????The welfare of animals used to engage in this practice has been blatantly ignored,ǽ????? kelly added. ǽ?????We rescue and treat many horses and ponies abandoned and injured from ǽ?????sulky road trottingǽ?????.

The most common injuries seen in these horses are broken knees, swollen joints, and neck injuries caused by badly fitted tack.

The ISPCA is now calling on the government to deal with the issue and ensure that local authorities carry out their responsibilities to remove the danger from Irelandǽ??????s roads.