By Tristan Harris Wednesday 21 August 2013 Updated: 23/08 00:09
A BROMSGROVE woman who claims the death of her horse was caused by a stallion escaping and getting into her field has made a plea to owners of the male horses to ensure their paddocks are secure so they cannot get out.
Carrie Smart said when she went to check on her horses on Saturday (August 17), she found Holly, a 14-year-old gypsy cob, dead and a stallion loose in the field, off Greenhill, Blackwell, after it had escaped from a neighbouring field.
Mrs Smart said the vet confirmed the death was caused by the stallion and added she thought Holly had been exhausted after being relentlessly chased by the stallion as she was trying to protect the other four mares and two Shetland ponies, which were in the field.
"Stallions can be very agressive 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.
"Nothing like this has happened before, but we need to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"People who own stallions need to make sure they are secure and cannot get out.
"Someone I know even uses an electric fence to keep his stallion under control," she added.
An RSPCA spokesperson confirmed the charity was contacted after the incident for advice and information.
"This must have been a very upsetting incident and we are very sorry to hear about the mare.
"Whilst not commenting specifically on this incident, we would also like to take this opportunity 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."
A West Mercia Police spokesperson confirmed an officer went out to the field off Greenhill in Blackwell on Saturday (August 17), but added it was not a criminal offence.
"The owners of the horses exchanged details.
"It would be a civil matter," he said.
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