Horse breeder BANNED after animal welfare offences

A stud breeder has been banned for life from working with horses and given a suspended sentence after neglecting her animals so badly that 10 had to be put down.

Jane Moore, 66, was the owner of Jemoon Stud Farm in Long Lane, Market Weighton.

The RSPCA and the World Horse Welfare found 36 horses living in squalor at Jane Moore's East Yorkshire stud.

One of the horses was in such bad condition it had to be put down immediately while three more were euthanised two days later and six others were put down in the following months, Hull Magistrates' Court heard.

A vet's expert report to the court said Moore had failed to ensure a suitable environment for her equines, failed to provide veterinary care and failed to ensure they were kept in a healthy condition.

Of the 36 horses, 22 were underweight and were suffering from dental issues and overgrown hooves while three had lice and mite infections.

Inspector Natalie Hill, who visited the farm on February 14 2023, said after the hearing: 'These horses were found in dreadful conditions with multiple health problems.

'They were being kept confined to their stables for long periods and it appeared they were rarely exercised.

'One sadly had to be put to sleep on the day we first visited, although that course of action had been recommended by a vet several months before.

'There were several other horses in very poor health too, including one whose teeth had grown through his cheek and was in a lot of pain and discomfort.'

An older Cleveland Bay mare Earlswood Traveller was lame in all four legs with a lice infection and dental disease.

Also, an elderly bay gelding called Spadge was also lame and had a sinus cyst.

Heidi, a mare who was also lame, was put down two days after the inspector's initial visit owing to her suffering.

The inspector also said that within one stable block, there was a very strong smell of urine and the horse's rugs were very dirty and extremely heavy.

Ms Hill continued: 'In all 10 of the 36 horses have had to be put to sleep and the others have got long-term health issues from being neglected for such a long time, such as ligament and joint problems, that only a small number will be able to be rehomed.'

'It appeared to me that all the horse stables had not been cleaned in some time and on some horses their feet were very long and overgrown.'

On January 17, Moore pleaded guilty to 10 offences of causing unnecessary suffering to 17 horses.

Also, she admitted a charge of failing to meet the needs of 36 horses and was sentenced at Hull Magistrates' Court to 26 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for two years.

She has also been banned from keeping equines indefinitely and has been told to pay £13,099.27 in court costs and a £154 statutory surcharge.

Thankfully, all the surviving horses were removed from the farm by the RSPCA on February 2 last year.