Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Concerns again over state of horses on Mardyke Valley

LOCAL residents have expressed these concerns over the state of horses on Mardyke Valley.

Over the past few years, horses have been found to be in poor conditions that have been exacerbated by inclement weather.

June has been a terrible month and it appears that this has left horses at risk.

A resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was over on Davy Down on 25th June and it is severely flooded.

"There are horses and foals on the land over there and with predicted downpours, I’m concerned for their welfare.

"I’ve contacted the Forestry Commission ands am awaiting a reply. Horses have previously drowned over the Mardyke and because of this are not allowed on the land.

On 26th June, I returned and the horses are still here but have moved themselves to higher ground.

"At this moment they appear safe, but if we have a few more rainy days it will become dangerous.

"I went back on Monday 27th and yesterday 28th and found a poor horse shivering. He seemed to struggle with standing up.

"I’m really worried and upset by this. There is another horse over there with a growth on his eye.

A spokesperson for Thurrock Council said: "The Mardyke land, although owned by Thurrock Council is leased to tenants.

"The responsibility for the welfare of horses is that of the animal owners. The RSPCA have powers to deal with owners who fail to comply with their obligations to their animals.

"Should anybody have welfare concerns they should be directed to the RSPCA in the first instance. You can find more information at thurrock.gov.uk/horses".


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