A gelding in Britain has been euthanised because its tight nylon head collar had cut right down to the nasal bone.
The RSPCA is appealing for information about the pony, found in a field at Smite Hill, Hindlip, Worcester, on February 12.
The blue head collar had cut into the animal’s flesh, restricting his breathing and eating. He had become extremely thin.
A vet was summoned, who decided euthanasia was the best course, given the extent of his injuries.
“This was such a sad situation and the horse was just too badly injured and in too poor a condition to be saved,” RSPCA inspector Kelly Lake said.
“This could so easily have been prevented.
“We are in the middle of a horse crisis, with more than 800 in our care that have been neglected or abandoned and we wouldn’t be in this situation if owners just took some responsibility for their animals.”
The RSPCA suspects the young horse was dumped in the field.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.