A British author who has written several books about equine care and behavior has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to four horses.
A Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals inspector said that when he visited the stables belonging to Lesley Skipper, 60, and her husband Brian, 55, last June, the stalls were piled so high with old bedding that the horses heads nearly touched the ceiling. Three of the horses reportedly had to be put down.
Mrs. Skipper’s books include Inside Your Horse’s Mind, The Arabian Show Horse, Realize Your Horse’s True Potential, Understanding Horse Behaviour, Exercise School for Horse and Rider and Let Horses Be Horses, Understanding the Arabian Horse and The Natural Stallion.
The Skippers plead not guilty to the charges. The case was adjourned until February 29.