Owner banned from keeping horses after ‘frisky’ stallion injures genitals on gate

Little Man

Little Man - Credit: Archant

THE owner of a stallion, which seriously damaged its genitals trying to jump a five bar gate, has been given a five-year ban on keeping horses by magistrates.

RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon was answering a call in May about a thin horse at stables in Captains Wood Road in Maldon, Essex. She found Little Man, a five-year-old grey roan cob, standing in a field with untreated wounds to his genitals.

A vet was called and the horse was taken away for treatment. Little Man had injuries to the sheath of his penis, swelling from his genitals to his neck and a serious infestation of mites in his feathered feet. Blood tests showed he was suffering from malnutrition.

Inspector Russon said: “On interviewing his owner I discovered that, during the previous week, he had been feeling frisky and tried to jump a five bar gate to get to his mare in the next field but failed to clear it.

“He landed with his head underneath him looking backwards and his back legs caught on the other side of the gate.

“Apparently, a member of the public found him stuck and dismantled the five bar gate in order to get him onto his feet again.”

Little Man’s owner John O’Leary, 63, of Cranley Gardens, London, N10, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering, was ordered to pay £2,100 costs and fined £1,600 by magistrates at Chelmsford. He was banned from keeping horses for five years.

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Dereck Boyce, 65, of Rectory Road, Woodham Walter, Essex, who looked after Little Man, a mare and a filly for Mr O’Leary was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering, ordered to pay £2,100 and was given a 200 hours community service order and a five year ban on keeping horses.

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