Abandoned horse dies after it was found collapsed in a field

The elderly bay mare found collapsed in a field off Ship Lane, Aveley

The elderly bay mare found collapsed in a field off Ship Lane, Aveley

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Thurrock Gazette: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

AN abandoned horse died after it was found collapsed in a field in Aveley.

The elderly bay mare was spotted by an RSPCA inspector just off Ship Lane on Tuesday and appeared to have been lying there a while.

She had eaten all the grass around her.

A vet was called, but despite treatment and efforts to revive the horse - which led to her getting up at one point - she later died.

Now the RSPCA are appealing for the owner to get in touch.

News of the horse's plight came just days after the council agreed to act on concerns for 40-odd horses grazing on the nearby Mardyke Valley - which suffers severe flooding every winter.

Adam Jones, an inspector for the RSPCA, said: "She was quite old judging by her teeth but there was evidence that someone had cared for her in the past couple of months because her teeth had been rasped and her feet were in good condition.

"If anyone knows who owned her I would ask that they please call the RSPCA’s inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. She did have a microchip but no address had been registered."

Thurrock Gazette:

The bay mare receiving treatment. Sadly, she later died.

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10:08am Thu 16 Jan 14

benny16 says...

surprise surprise another case of horses not being looked after in ship lane Aveley, what is wrong with those idiots who claim to 'own' them???? ****!!
surprise surprise another case of horses not being looked after in ship lane Aveley, what is wrong with those idiots who claim to 'own' them???? ****!! benny16
  • Score: 13

11:41am Thu 16 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

Benny16 you know as well as I do that the idiots (and I am being polite here - I would call them the lowest form of pond life!) will never admit to owning any horse that is seized by a welfare organisation, is in a bad way or is loose on the road and causes an RTA. These morons need to man up and accept responsibility. They are not backward in coming forward when it suits them, especially in the intimindation stakes (which are as pathetic as these beings themselves). No real man would treat another living creature in this way, plus if they thought they were in the right then they would come forward and say so! If you do find out that one of them owned an abused/neglected horse then they story is always the same (they must be given a Book of Poor and Unbelievable Excuses the day they obtain the first poor horse that is unfortunate enough to come into their hands!) usual story? "I only just bought him/her so not my fault it's in a state!" They must think we all fell off a christmas tree. These people are nothing but bullies. And we are know that bullies are cowards! Curse the lot of them.
Benny16 you know as well as I do that the idiots (and I am being polite here - I would call them the lowest form of pond life!) will never admit to owning any horse that is seized by a welfare organisation, is in a bad way or is loose on the road and causes an RTA. These morons need to man up and accept responsibility. They are not backward in coming forward when it suits them, especially in the intimindation stakes (which are as pathetic as these beings themselves). No real man would treat another living creature in this way, plus if they thought they were in the right then they would come forward and say so! If you do find out that one of them owned an abused/neglected horse then they story is always the same (they must be given a Book of Poor and Unbelievable Excuses the day they obtain the first poor horse that is unfortunate enough to come into their hands!) usual story? "I only just bought him/her so not my fault it's in a state!" They must think we all fell off a christmas tree. These people are nothing but bullies. And we are know that bullies are cowards! Curse the lot of them. Actresponsibly
  • Score: 19

12:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Mattster says...

Now let me think, what community of people have a proven track record of not looking after their horses and simply abandoning them when they become injured or sick? Tough one.
Now let me think, what community of people have a proven track record of not looking after their horses and simply abandoning them when they become injured or sick? Tough one. Mattster
  • Score: 26

1:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

aerobic1 says...

This is really sad - especially after seeing her up on her feet with a vet. Was it that she was elderly and perhaps should have been kept warm, in an enclosed area. Again these horses need constant checking and watching by a trained professional on a regular basis and the older or unwell ones need somewhere that they can be looked after. Let me know if someone has any ideas.
This is really sad - especially after seeing her up on her feet with a vet. Was it that she was elderly and perhaps should have been kept warm, in an enclosed area. Again these horses need constant checking and watching by a trained professional on a regular basis and the older or unwell ones need somewhere that they can be looked after. Let me know if someone has any ideas. aerobic1
  • Score: 5

2:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

clou81 says...

I don't think you should automatically blame this one on travellers when you have no proof as to who owns this mare! There are lots of people squatting for grazing in lots of fields in and around aveley and ockendon at the moment and the majority of them are non-travellers. Also you cannot tar all travellers with the same brush as there are plenty that look after their animals properly!!!
I don't think you should automatically blame this one on travellers when you have no proof as to who owns this mare! There are lots of people squatting for grazing in lots of fields in and around aveley and ockendon at the moment and the majority of them are non-travellers. Also you cannot tar all travellers with the same brush as there are plenty that look after their animals properly!!! clou81
  • Score: 2

3:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

Agree clou81. Why does everyone automatically blame once race of peoples? No one knows who owned this mare. Traveller or non traveller. Whoever did needs to be horse whipped and left in the same situation. At the end of the day a human being did this, doesn''t make any difference if they are pink, blue, or covered in polka dots!
Agree clou81. Why does everyone automatically blame once race of peoples? No one knows who owned this mare. Traveller or non traveller. Whoever did needs to be horse whipped and left in the same situation. At the end of the day a human being did this, doesn''t make any difference if they are pink, blue, or covered in polka dots! Actresponsibly
  • Score: 1

5:33pm Thu 16 Jan 14

clou81 says...

@actresponsibly..... But that is exactly what you done on the story about the mardyke horses, you automatically presumed that the owner is a traveller when in fact he is not!!!
Also the horse that died on ship lane was nowhere near the same site as the horses in the mardyke valley story so you are wrong to say that as well???
@actresponsibly..... But that is exactly what you done on the story about the mardyke horses, you automatically presumed that the owner is a traveller when in fact he is not!!! Also the horse that died on ship lane was nowhere near the same site as the horses in the mardyke valley story so you are wrong to say that as well??? clou81
  • Score: -1

6:40pm Thu 16 Jan 14

TOBI13 says...

does it matter who says what fact is this is cruel and wrong thats a FACT not an opinion or suggestion
does it matter who says what fact is this is cruel and wrong thats a FACT not an opinion or suggestion TOBI13
  • Score: 5

9:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

clou81 - you state quite categorically that the owner is not a traveller, which is not the point here at all. The horse suffered and she died. That's what is important here not the creed of the owner.

There are bad horse owners all over,, traveller and gorgious, and good horse owners both traveller and gorgious. What is interesting is that you state this so firmly that it suggests you do know who the owner is. Care to share that information with the RSPCA so this evil, lowlife, scumbag, odious moron can come forward and face the music?
clou81 - you state quite categorically that the owner is not a traveller, which is not the point here at all. The horse suffered and she died. That's what is important here not the creed of the owner. There are bad horse owners all over,, traveller and gorgious, and good horse owners both traveller and gorgious. What is interesting is that you state this so firmly that it suggests you do know who the owner is. Care to share that information with the RSPCA so this evil, lowlife, scumbag, odious moron can come forward and face the music? Actresponsibly
  • Score: 1

9:21am Fri 17 Jan 14

clou81 says...

@actresponsibly didn't say i know the owner of this horse is not a traveller i said that the person who owns the mardyke horses is not a traveller! And that this poor mare was not found on the same site as the mardyke horses as you commented on the "people power story"......
@actresponsibly didn't say i know the owner of this horse is not a traveller i said that the person who owns the mardyke horses is not a traveller! And that this poor mare was not found on the same site as the mardyke horses as you commented on the "people power story"...... clou81
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

clou81 wrote:
@actresponsibly didn't say i know the owner of this horse is not a traveller i said that the person who owns the mardyke horses is not a traveller! And that this poor mare was not found on the same site as the mardyke horses as you commented on the "people power story"......
My mistake for thinking mardyke and ship lane in neighbouring location. The cobs from the mar dyke are owned by travellers mark sherwood and bert brazier! Braziers been down ship lane for years and have had horses on mar dyk for years. mark is the one who is seen regularly throwing stale bread out to his horses. There is talk of a bloke called Steve owning the mare. Good thing that the horse world is a small one as his name is being bandied about at the mo. Just a shame that anyone would treat any animal in this way whatever there race. Would add though that no one who had an ounce of sense would keep a horse on the mar dyk when the wet weather is here. thank god they are being moved in the winter eh?
[quote][p][bold]clou81[/bold] wrote: @actresponsibly didn't say i know the owner of this horse is not a traveller i said that the person who owns the mardyke horses is not a traveller! And that this poor mare was not found on the same site as the mardyke horses as you commented on the "people power story"......[/p][/quote]My mistake for thinking mardyke and ship lane in neighbouring location. The cobs from the mar dyke are owned by travellers mark sherwood and bert brazier! Braziers been down ship lane for years and have had horses on mar dyk for years. mark is the one who is seen regularly throwing stale bread out to his horses. There is talk of a bloke called Steve owning the mare. Good thing that the horse world is a small one as his name is being bandied about at the mo. Just a shame that anyone would treat any animal in this way whatever there race. Would add though that no one who had an ounce of sense would keep a horse on the mar dyk when the wet weather is here. thank god they are being moved in the winter eh? Actresponsibly
  • Score: 1

7:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

gonetothedogs says...

So sad and yet why am I not surprised by this?
So many horses all over Thurrock,in all weathers they look so forlorn with no shelter to speak of.
Up to their fetlocks in water at Mar Dyke which thankfully has been remedied!
I for one am sick to death of seeing these horses tethered on the side of a road,or even walking roads to get to some decent grazing opposite,after all they say the grass is always greener on the other side.
I wonder if owning horses is a status symbol for some ?
So sad and yet why am I not surprised by this? So many horses all over Thurrock,in all weathers they look so forlorn with no shelter to speak of. Up to their fetlocks in water at Mar Dyke which thankfully has been remedied! I for one am sick to death of seeing these horses tethered on the side of a road,or even walking roads to get to some decent grazing opposite,after all they say the grass is always greener on the other side. I wonder if owning horses is a status symbol for some ? gonetothedogs
  • Score: 1

9:43am Sat 18 Jan 14

clou81 says...

@actresponsibly.....
.i don't know who mark Sherwood is but ALBERT brasier is NOT a traveller.
@actresponsibly..... .i don't know who mark Sherwood is but ALBERT brasier is NOT a traveller. clou81
  • Score: 0

10:05am Sat 18 Jan 14

Actresponsibly says...

clou81 wrote:
@actresponsibly.....

.i don't know who mark Sherwood is but ALBERT brasier is NOT a traveller.
Really? Funny that he's lived on the traveller site for many years then so perhaps that's were the conclusion was drawn from. But who really cares what he is? That is not the point at all. A horse suffered and whoever did this is subhuman. Donlt care what race or creed the owner is. He/she is a scumbag
[quote][p][bold]clou81[/bold] wrote: @actresponsibly..... .i don't know who mark Sherwood is but ALBERT brasier is NOT a traveller.[/p][/quote]Really? Funny that he's lived on the traveller site for many years then so perhaps that's were the conclusion was drawn from. But who really cares what he is? That is not the point at all. A horse suffered and whoever did this is subhuman. Donlt care what race or creed the owner is. He/she is a scumbag Actresponsibly
  • Score: 1

5:30pm Sat 18 Jan 14

clou81 says...

There are actually quite a few people on the site who are non-travellers
There are actually quite a few people on the site who are non-travellers clou81
  • Score: 0

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