Keeping a horse can be expensive and demands special knowledge or the employment of skilled horse workers like farriers and vets. Many horse owners are p[oorly prepared for the expense and work of keeping a horse. This is a good reminder of the importance of taking responsibility for your animal's needs.
The RSPCA says it is pleased with a sentence imposed on a woman in far north Queensland, accused of mistreating her horse.
Jade Hodges, from Mount Molloy, north-west of Cairns, appeared in the Mareeba Magistrates Court, after she failed to feed or shelter her horse adequately.
She was ordered to do 200 hours of community service and banned from owning a horse for five years, after pleading guilty to breaching the Animal Care and Protection Act.
RSPCA inspector Cameron Buswell says the horse suffered weight loss and a skin condition and the sentence is a warning to horse owners.
"This is a prime example of somebody taking on a horse and not taking into consideration the amount that's involved in owning a horse," he said.
"The food, the grooming - it's quite an expensive episode."
Mr Buswell says the former racehorse now has a new home.
"The horse has now been rehoused to a property down in northern New South Wales," he said.
"This occurred a couple of months ago but the horse, Silver Farm, was in our care for quite a number of months just to get back into proper condition."