#TheList Emily Patricia Payne, who is also known as Emily Farmer, born c. 1985, of Manor Court, Banbury OX16 3JA – neglected two horses in her care
The RSPCA investigated the long-term neglect of a thoroughbred mare named Esp and a failure to meet the needs of a Welsh pony named Ruby.
A specialist equine vet performed a clinical examination of Esp and reported no clinical abnormalities, other than her having a very poor body condition. After being taken into care and given an appropriate diet, the horse’s weight rose from 454kg on August 31 to 482kg by September 12, leading the vet to conclude that the significant rise in body weight over such a short period of time, with no treatment other than dietary change, showed lack of food over several weeks was the cause of Esp’s emaciated state.
Ruby, a chestnut Welsh cross pony mare, was also rescued after being found to have overgrown hooves and untreated laminitis. Radiographs were taken and revealed excessive length of toe and rotation of the pedal bone, with chronic changes evident at the tip of the pedal bones.
The vet concluded that the pony’s needs were not being met due to pain from changes caused by laminitis, which should have been aided by remedial farriery.
Both horses were in a field that was bare with minimal grass, and empty hay troughs and water buckets.
RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood, who investigated for the animal welfare charity, said: “Cases like this are very sad as they could so easily be avoided. We hope it is a reminder that caring for horses is a huge responsibility and highlights the importance of ensuring their welfare.
“Wherever possible we offer advice and assistance to improve animal welfare, including giving people time to make improvements to their standards of care, however, despite advice from ourselves and vets, Payne continued to fail to provide appropriate care.”
Both horses have recovered while in care since they were rescued.
Payne had pleaded not guilty to offences last month but was convicted.
Sentencing: 18-week custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months; ordered to pay total of £1115. Disqualified from keeping equines for five years.