Changing work methods and prohibitive costs raise questions for the future of Irish horses.

Irish horses are not what they used to be they say.

A mare and her day old foal are displayed at Colonel Joseph Hume Dudgeon's stables in Foxrock county Dublin. But what does the future hold for this young foal? In times gone by, it would likely end up show jumping at the Royal Dublin Society, or with a career in hunting. The future is not so bright now.

Most of our horses end up in cans.

The tractor has done away with the traditional dual purpose horse of the farmer - a horse that could have been used for work, hunting and most importantly for breeding. The expense of looking after a horse continues to grow. 

It costs more to keep a horse today than it does to keep a human. It's cheaper to sell them for slaughter.

This episode of 'Broadsheet' was broadcast on 28 May 1962. The reporter is Eoin Neeson.