An Ammanford man has appeared in court for causing unnecessary suffering to three horses.

Nigel Jeremy Nicholas Ward (d.o.b 21/10/1957) of Ceidrim Court Farm, Tycroes, Ammanford, pleaded guilty to one offence at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on 23 May.

Carms horse iv Carms horse iThe court heard that back in January in the area of Mountain Road, Glanaman, concerns were raised about the welfare of three horses, with the defendant causing unnecessary suffering to them by failing to adequately explore and address their poor condition.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “It was very clear that these three horses’ needs were not being met. They were in a poor condition and were noticeably thin.

“The field they were being kept in was totally unsuitable and they were very exposed from the mountain side.”

The three horses were seen by a vet at the location and despite remaining under vet care, one of the horses – a tri-coloured horse – sadly died.

The court heard in mitigation that the horses had had foals which caused a drop in their condition and the defendant thought the field would be sufficient for them, but admitted this had been a bad decision and also accepted misjudging the weather. The court also heard that he attended every day but after 14 days it became clear that they were losing condition.

Magistrates imposed a 25-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement – which forms part of a 24-month community order – a £207 fine, and was ordered to pay £400 costs. One of the horses was also subject to a deprivation order. The court heard that he has rehomed half of the horses in his care.