Rider Who Rode Starved Thoroughbred Has Been Banned From Keeping Horses
The rider who uploaded shocking pictures of her riding and walking a skeletal former racehorse has been banned from keeping horses.
Charlotte McPherson was snitched-up to the RSPCA after she made an appearance with her thoroughbred, Thor, back in March.
The Kidderminster local had hidden the visible ribs and bones with a blanket, deceiving the event organisers.
It was only after pictures were uploaded to Facebook that Thor experienced justice.
McPherson, 22, admitted to two counts of animal cruelty this week at Birmingham Magistrates' Court. One being unnecessary suffering by failing to seek treatment for Thor's ailment and the other from adding insult to injury by riding him.
She has been banned from keeping horses for a decade, handed a 12-month community order, forced into 160 hours' unpaid work and will pay £300 in costs.
RSPCA inspector Suzi Smith said: "Thor looked incredibly thin and you could see pretty much every bone in his body.
"He was obviously unwell, and after a vet examined his body, his body condition was rated zero out of five because he was that thin.
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"McPherson continued to ride him twice a week in this condition, including at a fun ride in Bissell Wood, Blakedown, in March.
"Not only was he thin, but he had a sore on his spine which was directly underneath the saddle.
"Thor would have been in a lot of pain while he was being ridden."
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