Ban given to man who caused 18-year-old mare 'unnecessary suffering'

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Ban given to man who caused 18-year-old mare 'unnecessary suffering'

A horse owner has been banned from keeping anymore of the animals for the next three years after he caused unnecessary suffering to his 18-year-old mare, equine insurance policyholders have been told.

The Lincolnshire Echo reported that Keith Borman's horse Phoebe had to be destroyed after RSPCA officers found that it had severe chronic laminitis inside the hooves.

Mr Borman, 58, attempted to trim the horse's hooves and also put her on a low protein diet in order to cure the problem himself.

He admitted three counts of causing unnecessary suffering at a hearing at Lincolnshire Crown Court.

Prosecuting, Nigel Burn said: "He had tried to deal with the laminitis by trying to alter her diet. He accepts that he alone had been responsible for trimming her feet. He accepted there was an ongoing problem with her feet but was too ashamed to take her to the vet."

Recently, Roly Owers, chief executive at World Horse Welfare, said that owners need to understand the responsibilities which come with owning a horse.

May 11th 2011

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