Since the early 1980s years Traveller families were driven from the streets and squares of Dublin in the satellite towns Ballyfermot and Ballymun, a romanticized by the media as "Urban Cowboy" Pony subculture developed in Dublin. The new neighbors (Traveler) consider their horses as an essential part of their family. The Piebalds grazed on the few public green areas in the immediate vicinity of playgrounds and youth centers. What was a special attraction for the children and youth. As for the traveler horsedealing represented also a substantial part of their income changed in a very short time a few ponies their owners. Thus, a spontaneous Pony Kid subculture developed. The horses were the identification and status symbol of youth. In the heyday of this subculture, early to mid-1990 years, it was only in the two districts Ballyfermont and Ballymun up to 300 Piebalds. The Ballymun Stabels, a set up by the local population "youth center" has become synonymous with the desire for freedom and self-realization of suburban youth. Since the mid-1990s years Dubliner administration tried severely restrict their attitude and trading of horses. The "wild" stables were all shot and set in place three public stables. But these are no longer in the catchment area of suburban settlements, but are like the "Ballymun Horse and Animal Centre" for the young people not to reach without a car. Therefore, there are currently only five ponies in Ballymun directly. Most Piebalds held in Finglas. This shaped by family houses district in the south of Dublin still has enough retreat areas for young people and their horses. The large partly hidden between the houses, public wastelands allow unhindered to keep horses. As the young people in most cases (for an electronic chip that is inserted into the horse's neck about 300 euros) have not the money to make their Piebalds register at Dublin Horse Control Center, are often confiscated their horses during raids. A new pony they can buy every first Sunday of the month at the Smithfield for less than 100 euros.
Photojournalist | GERMANY | Dirk Gebhardt
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