Category Archives: horses and ponies

Aberford, Leeds: Andrew David Hinde

#TheList horse trader and kitten breeder Andrew David Colbert Hinde, born 07/01/1965, of Becca Farm, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3AH – flouted a ban and continued to abuse animals in his care

Former international horse show judge Hinde, who bred Dartmoor ponies at Pumphill Stud, immediately ignored a 12-year ban on keeping animals imposed in March 2015 and went on to neglect 50 horses and two foals.

The 2015 conviction related to cruelty to horses and also cats after dozens of pedigree British short-haired cats being bred for sale were found at the property Hinde shared with parents Raymond and Cynthia. They were also convicted of animal cruelty at that time.

Hinde was first convicted of horse cruelty in 2011 when he was banned from keeping horses for three years.

Now the serial animal abuser has finally been sent to jail and banned from keeping animals indefinitely with the crown court recorder Gavin Doig telling him it was “time to pay the price for your behaviour”.

The court heard heard Hinde kept 20 horses at his own farm with more than 50 other ponies kept in fields he rented at Westfield Farm at Kirk Smeaton near Pontefract.

The court heard in February 2017 RSPCA inspectors went to Westfield Farm and found some of the ponies were in poor condition with their her ribs, hips and spines. showing.

One of the ponies was emaciated and was suffering from hunger, was infected with lice and had overgrown feet.

Another pony, which was exhausted and suffering from hypothermia, was put to sleep.

The court heard that the pony was infested with worms and was infected with salmonella.

In July 2017 RSPCA inspectors went to Becca Farm at Aberford and seized 20 horses after finding that some were being kept in conditions that didn’t meet their needs.

Many of the animals had been left to fend for themselves with one suffering hypothermia

The horses and ponies were left without adequate food or shelter and were “skin and bone” with one so badly emaciated and infected with disease he had to be put down.

The judge told Hinde he had a “cavalier attitude towards the animals, a cavalier attitude to orders of the court; you showed complete disrespect”.

“Now you must face those consequences,” he added.

Shila Whitehead, defending, said Hinde had “issues on wanting to have animals”.

Sentencing: jailed for 11 months and banned from keeping animals indefinitely.

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Towyn, Abergele: Steven Lock

#TheList horse abuser Steven Martin Lock, born c. 1964, of Penisaf Avenue, Towyn, Abergele LL22 9LL

Gypsy traveller Steven Lock abuses horses and has also ripped off elderly people
Gypsy traveller Steven Lock abuses horses and has also ripped off elderly people through his dodgy building firms Coastal Home Improvements Ltd and Westcoast Roofing

Gypsy traveller Steven Lock pleaded guilty to four Animal Welfare Act offences related to his “appalling” and “long-running” treatment of equines.

The 54-year-old, a notorious rogue trader with a conviction for ripping off elderly customers, admitted offences relating to the mistreatment of seven mares and one stallion.

RSPCA Cymru had long been monitoring the welfare of a number of horses, located at fields off Tan-y-Fron Road in Abergele.
Despite repeated warnings and the provision of advice – the welfare of a number of the animals started to decline sharply over the autumn of 2018.

Horses neglected by gypsy traveller Steven Lock of Abergele, North Wales
Steven Lock has been banned from keeping animals for a decade following his “appalling” and “long-running” treatment of horses

In October 2018 officers removed three mares and a filly from the site, all of whom were very underweight and had severe diarrhoea.
Three foals belonging to the mares were also removed, because they were too young to come away from their mothers.

A further three mares, a filly and a stallion were removed in December 2018, many appearing thin, and living in muddy conditions. One was found to be suffering, while the remainder were not having their needs sufficiently met.

Two horses had to be euthanised after becoming seriously unwell. A post-mortem examination of them showed they had serious liver damage thought to be caused from ragwort as well as internal damage caused by parasites.

RSPCA inspector Jenny Anderton said: “This was a really difficult case to work on, given the repeated attempts and efforts we made to support this individual with caring for the horses.

“We worked closely with World Horse Welfare to help these horses, and we’re very grateful, as always, for their support, assistance and expertise.

“Sadly, the man’s failure to provide proper care was long-running, and some of the treatment these horses endured was appalling.

“Many were very thin, and living in wholly inappropriate muddy conditions. Others were struggling with severe diarrhoea and urgently needed help.

“Owning equines should be a privilege – but despite repeated warnings and attempts of help, this individual repeatedly failed to give the equines the care they so desperately needed.

“I hope this incident highlights to people how important it is to give equines appropriate treatment for parasites, be vigilant against the toxic plant ragwort as well as consulting your vet at the first sign of any illness.

“Horses have complex needs, are expensive to keep properly and time-consuming to look after.

“I would urge anyone considering taking on a horse to ensure they have the necessary financial means and specialist knowledge before they do so.”

Sentencing: curfew; ordered to pay £250 towards costs. Ten-year ban on keeping animals.

North Wales Live

Drakes Broughton, Worcester: Claire Mason

#TheList Claire A Mason, born c. 1972, of Magnolia Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcester WR10 2AZ – banned from keeping equines for 20 years after neglecting her three part-bred Arab horses

One of the three horses left to suffer by their cruel owner Claire Mason of Drakes Broughton, Worcester
One of the three horses left to suffer by their cruel owner Claire Mason of Drakes Broughton, Worcester

Mason admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide appropriate veterinary treatment for part-bred Arabs Rosie, Enrica and Fern, who were kept on a livery yard in the Worcestershire village of Norton. All three animals were suffering from laminitis.

The mares were found to be “severely lame” when an RSPCA inspector attended following concerns raised about their wellbeing in May 2018.

Inspector Suzi Smith said: “The horses were suffering from laminitis brought about by failing to treat underlying pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, also known as Cushing’s.

“This can be managed successfully on medication alongside a well-managed diet. Sadly Mason failed to do this despite being made aware of the condition and being advised accordingly.”

The inspector said Mason was an experienced owner who should have known how to care for horses adding this made it “even more unacceptable” that she left the mares to suffer.

“The treatment plans and advice she’d been given were simply ignored. By banning her from keeping horses the court has recognised how important it is that no other animals are made to endure the same fate,” said Ms Smith.

All three mares were put down with the owner’s consent following veterinary advice owing to the severity of their condition.

The court heard Mason had mental health problems and further mitigation was advanced on the basis that the defendant had owned horses for years, had never had any previous issues, and had “won prizes at shows”.

Sentencing:
12 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 100 hours of unpaid work. She was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. Banned from keeping equines for 20 years

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Castle Bromwich, West Midlands: Wayne Horkan

#TheList sexual deviant Wayne Tarot Horkan, born 10/11/1970, of Chester Road, Castle Bromwich B36 9DP – filmed his partner having sex with a dog; collected almost 2,000 images and videos depicting bestiality involving horses and dogs

Pervert Wayne Horkan from Castle Bromwich got his kicks from watching sick bestiality videos showing horses and dogs
Pervert Wayne Horkan from Castle Bromwich got his kicks from watching sick bestiality videos showing horses and dogs

Company director Wayne Horkan admitted two charges of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Police found the businessman had downloaded 1,469 still images and 210 moving ones involving sexual acts with dogs and horses. He had also used particular search terms to look for this kind of pornography.

Mr Timothy Harrington, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the material had been downloaded between April 2014 and April 2015.

He added: “Two of the videos, it was readily apparent, involved a woman with whom the defendant had been in a relationship with.”

He continued: “He admitted he got sexual gratification from these films and had watched them on a number of occasions.”

In passing sentence Judge Melbourne Inman QC said: “Between 2014 and 2015 you downloaded imagery which it is not necessary to detail again, which are abhorrent.

“Two of them involved a lady whom you were living with which is an aggravating feature.

“There is no suggestion at all this was anything other than consensual adult behaviour.”

He said he had taken into account the significant delay involved in the case and that there had been no repetition of the behaviour.

The judge said Horkan was an intelligent man who had lost “important” employment as a result of the offence but had since set up a company with a partner.

Lynette McClement, defending, said the defendant’s initial relationship with the woman had been a financial one although that had changed.

She said: “In the course of that relationship his interest in extreme pornography was limited to that timescale. This was a shared interest.”

She said the business he had embarked upon had every chance of being successful and employed 10 people.

Sentencing: fined fined £4,000 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Birmingham Mail

Shepperton, Surrey: Maurice Smith

#TheList traveller and habitual criminal Maurice Smith, born c. 1988, of Hawthorn Way, Shepperton TW1 – subjected a horse to prolonged neglect and mistreatment

Traveller Maurice Smith from Shepperton, Surrey, subjected horse April to neglect and ill-treatment
April

Maurice Smith, who has a previous conviction for conning a 92-year-old woman out of her life savings, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

Gypsy traveller Smith, formerly of Littleton Lane Caravan Park in Shepperton and a drug and alcohol abuser, was charged under the Animal Welfare Act after evidence emerged of how he had subjected the horse, named April, to prolonged neglect and ill-treatment, which had left her in extreme distress.

A number of witnesses initially contacted police in April 2018 to report that the horse was in distress. She had been left double rugged in temperatures of 24 degrees without shade and was sweating profusely.

Police attended the location and decided that April needed immediate medical care and seized her under the Animal Welfare Act.

After a full medical examination by a vet, April was found to be undernourished, with multiple sores, was wearing ill-fitting handmade shoes which were causing her foot pain, and was suffering from worms or a viral infection. The vet said that she had been subjected to poor management and undue suffering.

Smith was identified as April’s owner but initially denied that she belonged to him when he was interviewed. However, he later admitted that she was his and said that he had asked a vet to examine April and that she was being treated with antibiotics. However, he could not provide any details in relation to the treatment April received.

The court heard evidence from a number of witnesses in relation to the lack of care given to April, to which Smith was also unable to provide any explanation.

Investigating officer PC Chloe Hodgkinson said: “This was a complex investigation which took many months to bring to fruition.

“I was called to deal with the incident and was shocked by the pitiful state April was in. Due to her condition, I decided to seize her under the Animal Welfare Act so that she could immediately begin receiving the medical treatment that she needed.

“From speaking to a number of witnesses, it soon became apparent that April had been suffering over a prolonged period. I put a case together against her owner, Maurice Smith, which resulted in him being charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and being brought before the court last week.”

PC Hodgkinson added: “April has since received the care and treatment that she needed and is making a good recovery. I hope that this case will deter other owners from neglecting their animals and send a strong message that if you are caught, you will be dealt with.”

Sentencing: 12 month community order involving 120 hours of unpaid work; total of £485 costs and charges.

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Stoke-on-Trent: Jordan Booth

#TheList Jordan Booth, born c. 1991, of Pemberton Drive, Meir Heath, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 7JU – allowed his horse to become so underweight he had to be put to sleep

Horse abuser Jordan Booth from Stoke-on-Trent and his victim Quahadi, who had to be put to sleep
Ab RSPCA inspect described Jordan Booth’s gelding, Quahadi, as the thinnest horse she had ever seen

Jordan Booth’s bay thoroughbred-type horse, named Quahadi, was described by RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Melvin as the thinnest she had ever seen. Sadly, despite vets’ efforts to save him the gelding had to be put down to end his suffering.

Booth pleaded guilty to three charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. These were that he failed to investigate the gelding’s weight issues between October and November 2018 and failed to provide adequate hoof care between July 2018 and November 2018. The third charge related to failing to provide adequate veterinary care for a skin problem between 13 November and 18 November 2018.

RSPCA Inspector Melvin attended a field in Coplow Avenue, Tean, in November 2018 after the charity received a call from a concerned member of the public.

Inspector Melvin immediately summoned a vet to assess Quahadi’s condition. The vet found the horse to be emaciated and suffering with an untreated skin condition on his legs. He had also not been provided with adequate hoof care for several months.

Police took possession of Quahadi and he was placed in the RSPCA’s care. Sadly, despite “great efforts” to save him, he collapsed the following day and the vets made the decision to put him down to “end his suffering”.

“I was so sad that Quahadi didn’t pull through, he was a very affectionate and sweet horse,” said Inspector Melvin.

“The only consolation is that he was warm and comfortable in a stable getting plenty of care during his last night, so at least I know he received some love and TLC before he sadly died.”

In mitigation the court heard Booth struggled with the gelding’s weight.

A second pony belonging to Booth was removed from the field by police and was signed into the charity’s care.

Sentencing: 12-week prison sentence suspended for two years; 240 hours of unpaid work and 15 rehabilitation days. Total of £515 costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for five years.

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Diss, Norfolk: Steven Peachey and Emma Benson

#TheList Steven Charles Peachey, born c. 1989, and Emma Benson, born c. 1984, both of Common Road, Diss, Norfolk – left pony Princess to become emaciated and riddled with lice

When rescued from owners Steven Peachey and Emma Benson, Princess was emaciated and her coat was ridden with lice
When rescued from owners Steven Peachey (inset) and Emma Benson, Princess was emaciated and her coat was ridden with lice

Princess was kept in the back garden of a house lived in by her neglectful owners Emma Benson and Steven Peachey.

But after visits from the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare the garden was found to be unsuitable for the horse who became very thin and suffered from scabs and lice while being kept at the address.

Appearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court the pair pleaded guilty to two offences under the Animal Welfare Act including causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Jonathan Eales, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, told the court the back garden where the horse was being kept was “completely muddy and entirely unsuitable”.

The court heard how, in 2017, the pair had twice been visited by Jonathan Jackson from World Horse Welfare who offered Benson and Peachey advice on how Princess should be cared for and arranged for a vet to visit.

Neglected pony Princess has thrived in the care of the RSPCA.
Neglected pony Princess has thrived in the care of the RSPCA.

Visiting the pair again in February 2018, Mr Jackson noted that by then “the horse was looking bad” and it was arranged for the RSPCA and Mr Jackson to return in March when, concerned that the horse was suffering, Princess was taken into the care of the RSPCA.

Mr Eales said: “A responsible owner should have recognised that this horse was suffering.”

Malcolm Plummer, mitigating, said Benson did ask for help to care for the horse and the case of Princess was one of “well intentioned but incompetent care”.

Adding that Benson suffered from serious mental health issues he said caring for Princess was “going some way in keeping her on the straight and narrow”.

Sentencing: Both Benson and Peachey were ordered to pay £500 in compensation to the RSPCA. They were banned from keeping horses for three years.

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Batley, West Yorkshire: Chelsea France

#TheList Chelsea J France, born c. 1995, of Healey Street, Batley WF17 8BZ – allowed her rescue pony’s hooves to become painfully overgrown

Chelsea France, who is originally from Mirfield, failed to get treatment for rescue pony Rosie's overgrown hooves
Chelsea France, who is originally from Mirfield, failed to get treatment for rescue pony Rosie’s overgrown hooves

France pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

The court heard that France’s pony – a grey Welsh mare named Rosie – suffered pain and discomfort over a four month period.

France described Rosie as ‘feral’ and said it was impossible to catch her to trim her hooves.

The offence occurred between April and August 2018 while Rosie was being kept in fields off Portal Crescent in Mirfield.

Chelsea France, who is originally from Mirfield, failed to get treatment for rescue pony Rosie's overgrown hooves
Horse abuser Chelsea France is now banned from keeping equines for just one year

Andrew Davidson, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said that a charity inspector visited the area on August 14, 2018, and could clearly see that Rosie’s hooves were significantly overgrown.

He said: “These would have caused discomfort and suffering and would have taken some considerable time to get to that state.”

The RSPCA inspector spoke to members of the public who said that a young woman attended infrequently but hadn’t done anything about the pony’s feet.

A vet examined the pony and confirmed that she would have been suffering.

France arrived and said that she had owned Rosie since a traveller dropped her off with her in November 2017.

Mr Davidson said: “She was in a poor condition then and her feet needed to be trimmed.

“She described her temperament as nervous and difficult to handle.

“After Christmas she started trying to catch Rosie but this was impossible due to her nervousness.”

France said she then arranged for a farrier to come and cut Rosie’s hooves but, again, she couldn’t be caught.

Mr Davidson told magistrates that while it did take the RSPCA and the vet some effort to get to her, they were able to do so the same afternoon.

He said of France: “It’s well-intentioned but not wholly competent care.”

Lesley Cowling, mitigating, said that her client immediately agreed to sign Rosie over the RSPCA.

Miss Cowling said: “She bought Rosie off Facebook from an establishment closed down because of animal abuse and cruelty.

“She felt sorry for her and the thought of her being put to sleep made her quite upset.

“When she first got Rosie she was quite underweight and her feet did need trimming but not to this extent.

“She was able to lift her health through diet and fresh water and acknowledges that Rosie was nervous from the start.

“She tried to get a farrier out to trim her hooves but couldn’t catch her. She was almost feral and didn’t want anyone near her.

“Miss France appreciates she should have contacted a vet sooner but felt she should give her a bit of time to get used to people.

“She was aware her hooves were still growing and causing discomfort. She considered having her darted but felt that was more extreme and not necessary.”

Sentencing: banned from keeping all equines for a year.

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Chapel Allerton, Leeds: Robert Michael Hunter

#TheList Robert Michael Hunter, born c. 1984, of Scott Hall Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 – banned from keeping equines after his pony was found severely exhausted and dehydrated at Appleby Horse Fair

Horse trader Robert Michael Hunter from Leeds allowed this pony to become very poorly while in attendance at Appleby Horse Fair.

RSPCA inspectors intervened after the cob gelding was seen breathing heavily and dripping with sweat on June 6 2018, and struggling badly again the following day.

Only after negotiation and police intervention did owner Robert Michael Hunter allow his animal to be examined by a vet.

She found the animal to be severely exhausted, dehydrated and with a dangerously raised heart rate.

The vet went on to say that without veterinary treatment the horse would have been at serious risk of collapse and, subsequently, death due to the severity of exhaustion seen.

The horse was treated and has since made a full recovery.

H orse trader Hunterwas prosecuted and initially denied three charges. But ahead of trial he admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal both by overworking the pony and failing to provide him with routine dentistry for the previous six months.

He also admitted failing to ensure the horse’s worming and dentistry needs were met during a two-year period up to June 2018.

Hunter, a married father-of four and “experienced horseman”, said of the family pet: “I would never ever cause that horse any unnecessary suffering that I’d have known of”.

But, jailing him for 90 days, District Judge Gerald Chalk said: “Put simply, that horse had been severely overworked and was suffering from dehydration.

“That, in my view, is either deliberate ill treatment or neglect by you, and a high level of suffering was caused to that animal.”

Sentencing: jailed for 90 days. Banned from owning or keeping any equine animals for six years.

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Chichester, West Sussex: John Henry Brazil

#TheList Gypsy John Henry Brazil, born 24/06/1998, of The Hawthornes, Clayton Lane, Chichester PO20 8JQ – failed to look after a bay mare

Convicted animal abuser John Henry Brazil, is banned from keeping horses for three years

Brazil admitted causing unnecessary suffering by failing to address the cause of the horse’s “poor bodily condition”.

Sentencing:
160 hours of unpaid work; 20 rehabilitation sessions; total of £385 in costs and charges. Banned from keeping horses for three years.

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