LETTER - ‘All horses deserve a properly managed environment’
During our summer breaks in Norfolk, we often pass a field where half a dozen horses are resident.
We stopped one very hot Friday, to take a closer look and were extremely saddened to note that these animals had no visible access to fresh drinking water.
There were two old containers, one plastic tub split laid on its side and one old metal tank also laid on its side not to mention enormous amounts of waste materials and rubbish strewn at one end of the field, which are not only hazardous but downright dangerous for any animal to have to negotiate, domestic or otherwise.
Not only that, even more worrying is the fact that the field itself akin a very busy road and is literally covered in ragwort which we well know, even as non-horse owners, that when seeds form on ragwort they can be deadly to horses and lead to a very slow painful end for them.
On closer inspection and given the fact that until the weekend when the rain came, all grassed areas locally had become so parched that this field offers little by way of sustenance to six horses.
Clearly, these animals are not being cared for properly or even lawfully in stark contrast to the numerous ones we see around Norfolk and Suffolk in professionally managed liveries and private paddocks.
Even horses classed as low value, which these animals more than likely are given their general unkempt physical status, have a right to be fed, watered and in a properly managed environment.
Richard and Susan K Marshall