An equine course builder was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to 2 horses at Haverfordwest magistrates court on 9 April.

Lindsay Rebecca Morgan, 43, was charged with 8 offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, including failing to meet the welfare needs of a bay and a chestnut horse. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

bayresizeWhen the RSPCA inspector visited the horses stabled in a barn last October, he found the bay stallion emaciated with his hips, spine and ribs clearly showing.

The chestnut mare was very weak and appeared to be suffering from a leg injury and eye infection.

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Inspector, Keith Hogben said: “There was a large amount of faeces in the barn and the bedding was saturated with urine. The most basic needs of these horses were not being met.”

The bay horse was put down on veterinary advice after he failed to respond to treatment, but the chestnut horse is doing well.

Morgan was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for 2 years, and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work. She was also disqualified from keeping equines for 10 years, and not allowed to appeal for 5 years.

She also had to pay £6289.54 prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge.