A FATHER-OF-TWO has been disqualified from keeping livestock for three years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.
Lawrence Trill, of Eastern Avenue, Polegate, said he had made efforts to rectify the situation but admitted he could have done more.
The piebald foal was found dead at Radar Farm in Wartling and the RSPCA then became involved.
Eastbourne magistrates heard that Trill, 41, was involved in the runnng of a small holding and transferred ownership of the horse to two women and its care was shared between the three.
An assessment of the area showed the grass was in poor condition but there was a circular feeder with fresh dry hay.
A post mortem on the foal showed it was extremely emaciated and there were signs of pneumonia and salmonella.
Eastbourne magistrates heard the death of the animal could have been prevented if veterinary attention had been sought.
Trill pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Representing himself, Trill said, “I feel responsible for what happened because it was on my ground and land at the time.
“Had I called the vet it wouldn’t have happened. I had to plead guilty to it because I didn’t want to carry on the upheaval with it.
“I’ve still got 12 ponies and my children ride them. It’s going to affect my family and friends if I get a ban. I did try and do everything I could.”
As well as the ban, Trill was given a 12-month community order and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Trill was also ordered to pay £500 court costs.