We are appealing for information after a young colt was found dumped and collapsed in a field in Gloucester with a horrific leg injury.

Collapsed skewbald yearling © RSPCAThe skewbald yearling was found in the field off Naas Lane, Brookthorpe on Saturday (12 October).  He had a large open and bleeding wound to his upper right fore leg and a swollen elbow on the same leg.  The hoof on his right hind leg was also coming away.

The horse was lying collapsed on the ground – it is not known how long he had been lying there. The field had a worn track around its edge, indicating that it had been used either as a horse ‘trotting’ track or for quad bikes.

It was discovered the horse had a broken elbow

RSPCA Inspector Suzi Smith attended the incident and immediately called a local equine vet. The vet found that the horse had a broken elbow, that he was in a very poor condition and there was no alternative but to put him to sleep at the scene.

The horse was not microchipped although all horses have to be passported and microchipped under the law.

Inspector Smith said:

“The pain this horse was in would have been indescribable.  The laws around equine identification need tightening to stop these sort of incidents – people should not be allowed to get away with causing suffering to animals and then leaving them in terrible pain.


“The only comfort I can take from this incident is that the horse at least knew kindness at the end of his short life and that he is no longer suffering.”

It is thought that, until very recently, there were people living in the field adjacent to the one in which the horse was found.

Can you help?

Anyone with information about who owned this horse should contact our inspector appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

We and HorseWorld, along with World Horse Welfare, Redwings, The British Horse Society and BlueCross, recently launched a report into the equine crisis faced by England and Wales:

Why not read our joint charities’ report ‘Left on the verge – in the grip of a horse crisis’ and take action for horses in England.

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