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Instructor gets five year ban for horse neglect

Teddy at the time he was taken into care by Redwings.

Teddy at the time he was taken into care by Redwings.

A British riding instructor found guilty of neglecting two horses has been banned from owning or controlling horses for five years.

The horses are now safe in the care of Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Redwings Field Officer Jo Franklin and an RSPCA inspector first visited Teddy, 20, and Molly, 7 in February this year after a report from the owner of the land in Essex where they were kept.

The horses’ owner, Chanzena-Lei Eagle, was given an improvement notice by the RSPCA, as Teddy was found to be extremely underweight and malnourished.

When the welfare officers attended again a few weeks later some improvements had been made.

However, when the RSPCA made another visit in May they found the horses deep in mud with no food provided.

Teddy was given a body condition score of between zero and one, and his friend Molly was also in poor condition.

Two days later the pair were seized by the RSPCA and taken to the Redwings Ada Cole centre near Harlow, in Essex, where they have since made a full recovery.

Teddy's condition has greatly improved.

Teddy’s condition has greatly improved.

Last month, in Colchester Magistrate’s Court, Eagle was found guilty of neglect, banned from keeping horses for five years, ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and fined £2000.

The horses were signed over to the RSPCA and have now been given a permanent home at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Matthew Batten, presiding, said Eagle had shown “ignorance and immaturity”.

“A prison sentence would be easily justified in this case,” he added.

Franklin said: “I tried to offer advice to Miss Eagle on several occasions but when she told me that horses don’t need to be visited daily and that they do not need to be fed if they are not in work – even in the depths of winter – I was absolutely appalled, especially given her qualifications.

“I am very pleased that justice has been done in this case, and delighted with the progress that Molly and Ted have made since they have been in our care.”

RSPCA inspector Sarah Elmy said: “Both of these horses were in very poor condition, despite advice having been offered. It is quite unbelievable that someone could think that this was an acceptable way to keep horses.”

 

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  1. Lynne Davis-Pannell says:

    My friend Lynne came upon this article after we recently took on one
    of these 2 horses from Redwings Ada Cole.
    Sadly the horse in the picture, Teddy, was recently pts due to poor
    health but the other one, Molly, has come to us for training before
    being permanently rehomed.
    We are trying to raise awareness of the damage being done to our Sport
    Horses by ignorance and poor training methods and we have the blessing
    of Redwings Ada Cole to use Molly as a way to reach out to the
    equestrian public.
    We have started a training awareness campaign called Back to Balance
    which we are hoping to share with all riders and trainers. We have the
    support of local vets and do most of our work with horses already
    damaged by rushed and forceful training. Having trained with Dr Gerd
    Heuschmann for over 2 years and being a life member of BD, BE and BS
    and having competed to a fairly high level myself, I feel that I can
    no longer sit back and watch our horses destroyed.
    Back to Balance aims to show riders and trainers how an understanding
    of the basic locomotion and biomechanics of a horse is vital if we are
    to train these beautiful, willing creatures without permanently
    damaging them, then explains how to train (or rehab/retrain) without
    causing damage. We include all types of horses and ponies across all
    disciplines as locomotion and biomechanics are not breed or discipline
    specific.
    My email is really to ask you whether you would be willing to follow
    Molly’s progress and help us in our endeavor ?
    Regards’
    Sarah Williamson and Lynne Davis-Pannell
    Back to Balance.

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