A man from Chalfont St Peter has been disqualified from keeping horses for five years after neglecting three horses.
Nicolas Green, of Glebe Close, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two horses named Elsa and Summer, he also failed to look after another horse named Guard.
Concerns about the horses had been reported to the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare by members of the public due to concerns regarding lack of water, food and the condition of the horses.
A vet was called by the charities on February 21, 2020 after they felt the situation with the horses had become critical.
Officers had visited on several occasions during two months prior, leaving notices asking the owner to get in contact with them but had no owner contact at that time.
In the vet’s opinion Summer and Elsa were in very poor body condition, and their nutritional demands were not being met, especially as both were found to be pregnant.
A member of the public who spoke to the vet reported that she filled the water tubs in the field almost daily as otherwise they would be empty, and that feeding by the owner was sporadic.
RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Hartley said: “Owners must always ensure they are acting in a responsible manner to safeguard the welfare of their horses. This could have been avoided if Green had provided clean, fresh water and ad lib forage plus hard feed with a vitamin and mineral supplement for the mares in particular, twice daily over the winter months.”
In mitigation, it was said that it was the result of incompetent care rather than deliberate cruelty.
Green was sentenced to a 12-month community order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work when he appeared before High Wycombe Magistrates Court on December 23.
He also needs to pay £1,000 costs, plus a victim surcharge of £90. A deprivation order was also granted in respect of the horses.