A woman in Bromsgrove, UK, is imploring stallion owners to assure their horses cannot break free from their stalls, paddocks or pastures. Carrie Smart recently lost her prize 14-year-old Gypsy Cob mare to a neighbor’s stallion. Apparently the stud horse got loose, broke into her mare’s field, and chased, harassed and bullied the Gypsy Cob to death.
Smart found her horse Holly dead and the “foreign” stallion in the field.
A veterinarian who was called to the scene verified that Holly’s death was caused by the stallion. He had relentlessly chased the mare to the point of exhaustion. The vet surmises that Holly was the lead mare in the field and tried to protect the other four mares from the rancor of the stallion.
Stallions can be very aggressive and some have had to be sedated before with darts because they are so dangerous. This time it was a horse, but it could have so easily been a person or a child.
People who own stallions need to make sure they are secure and cannot get out.
The veterinarian notified the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) about this incident and asked the charity to provide further advice and information.
A spokesperson on behalf of the RSPCA said, "This must have been a very upsetting incident and we are very sorry to hear about the mare.”
While declining to speak directly about the death of Holly, the RSPCA did issue a short statement:
We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that it is important they ensure their animals are kept under control at all times and do not pose a threat to the public or other animals.
Police acknowledge that they looked into the circumstances surrounding Holly’s death. They determined that no criminal offense had occurred. According to the police officer, "The owners of the horses exchanged details. It would be a civil matter.
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