Locals fear horses kept in Hamble Airfield are not being fed and watered properly

A horse tethered at Hamble airfield

A horse tethered at Hamble airfield

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

FRESH concerns have been raised by residents about the welfare of horses in a Hampshire field over fears they are not being fed and watered properly.

Local people fear the animals - many of them with clearly visible ribcages and bones and covered in flies - are dehydrated and malnourished.

Their worries, in light of the recent hot weather and that saw temperatures reaching 28 degrees, have been echoed by a borough councillor who said the horses on Hamble Airfield were “miserable”.

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It comes seven weeks after the Daily Echo reported how RSPCA inspectors were investigating the care of horses at the site following the discovery of an emaciated colt dumped in the fields.

Earlier in the year a horse was suffering from strangles - a contagious equine disease.

At the time, the organisation told how it was visiting the site sometimes as often as twice a day to monitor the horses.

Now a Daily Echo investigation has found that more than 20 horses have been tethered on the land - and the majority appear to have no access to water and food throughout the day.

We observed the area in the north-west section of the airfield over nine hours during which nobody was seen to provide any food and water, despite intense sunshine and temperatures of 23 degrees.

Empty or overturned buckets could be seen placed near some of the animals, while one black and white horse had a full water bucket nearby but couldn't reach it because its chain was too short.

It was not until 4.50pm that a couple, thought to be aged in their late 40s, arrived at the field with two small water canisters and began to move the horses to another section of the field.

When approached by the Daily Echo they refused to say who they were, or confirm if they owned the horses, but told our reporter they come to the field early every morning and late afternoon to give the horses water.

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Locals are concerned about horses at Hamble Airfield - some have clearly visible ribcages

They added that if people had a problem with their treatment of the horses they should call the local RSPCA.

One resident who had concerns but didn't want to be named, contacted the Daily Echo to voice her concerns.

She said: “I just hate them suffering and I just think it's wrong.

“I think there are responsibilities that come with rights to things and I believe we should have some firm action from the government.”

Suzy Hamel, Eastleigh Borough Councillor for Hamble and Butlocks Heath, echoed her feelings.

She said: “We have had this really hot weather and they are just miserable.

“The stronger ones often break free and get on the road and there doesn't seem to be anything that can be done. I think it's got worse really.”

The RSPCA confirmed it had received complaints and an inspector was now visiting the site regularly.

A spokesman said: “Since the weather has been warmer we have received some calls from members of the public concerned that the horses are not receiving water.

“However, they are given water in the morning and evening and are hydrated and the owners are currently acting within the law, although our advice to the owner is that always that they should have access to fresh water 24/7.

“We are working with other horse charities including World Horse Welfare to monitor and provide advice.”

Anyone with concerns regarding the welfare of horses or other animals can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.

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9:10am Mon 4 Aug 14

country bird says...

20 or more ponies cannot survive on 2 small canisters of water.
they need to have access to water 24/7 and should be from a trough or old bath or something, and they should also have feed too as with the dry weather they isnt sufficient grass.
There should also be some kind of cover in form of stable/shed/barn and/or some trees for shelter.

people who do not act responsibly with ANY animal, should not keep them.

Ive seen these ponies and agree they do look under fed and the conditions are not satisfactory in this day.
20 or more ponies cannot survive on 2 small canisters of water. they need to have access to water 24/7 and should be from a trough or old bath or something, and they should also have feed too as with the dry weather they isnt sufficient grass. There should also be some kind of cover in form of stable/shed/barn and/or some trees for shelter. people who do not act responsibly with ANY animal, should not keep them. Ive seen these ponies and agree they do look under fed and the conditions are not satisfactory in this day. country bird
  • Score: 15

9:57am Mon 4 Aug 14

sparkster says...

If people cant/dont know how to look after animals dont have them, simple. They need access to food and water all the time, it's no good putting horses in a field and expecting them to "get on with it". We havent had much rain recently so the grass will be brown. If only people would do the research and find out exactly what is involved in keeping animals it would help reduce needless suffering
If people cant/dont know how to look after animals dont have them, simple. They need access to food and water all the time, it's no good putting horses in a field and expecting them to "get on with it". We havent had much rain recently so the grass will be brown. If only people would do the research and find out exactly what is involved in keeping animals it would help reduce needless suffering sparkster
  • Score: 11

12:14pm Mon 4 Aug 14

daisy.talks says...

To provide adequate shelter is ESSENTIAL failure to do this basic thing is cruelty, animals get sunburn/cancer sunstroke, they get rain scald when there is no shelter,
This investigation started SEVEN WEEKS ago, that's seven weeks of unnecessary suffering these horses and foals have been through.
Some people don't deserve animals, horses need to be mentally stimulated, they aren't just a pet you keep in a field and stroke whenever you can be bothered.
To provide adequate shelter is ESSENTIAL failure to do this basic thing is cruelty, animals get sunburn/cancer sunstroke, they get rain scald when there is no shelter, This investigation started SEVEN WEEKS ago, that's seven weeks of unnecessary suffering these horses and foals have been through. Some people don't deserve animals, horses need to be mentally stimulated, they aren't just a pet you keep in a field and stroke whenever you can be bothered. daisy.talks
  • Score: 7

3:41pm Mon 4 Aug 14

real talk 2014 says...

Clearly these horses aren't on the air field as no chains also mare has had a foal so will be slightly tucked in as like human the mums give the best to the baby. I am a regular dog walker and see kids tipping the horses water way regular! Also seen owner watering them early mornings and evenings as the sun goes down like humans in the heat animals are also often to hungry til sun has gone down. Very poorly written story
Clearly these horses aren't on the air field as no chains also mare has had a foal so will be slightly tucked in as like human the mums give the best to the baby. I am a regular dog walker and see kids tipping the horses water way regular! Also seen owner watering them early mornings and evenings as the sun goes down like humans in the heat animals are also often to hungry til sun has gone down. Very poorly written story real talk 2014
  • Score: -6

3:53pm Mon 4 Aug 14

real talk 2014 says...

Also like to water cans are big and heavy that they pull along so they take one each and if u stay around to talk or watch they go and get more
Also like to water cans are big and heavy that they pull along so they take one each and if u stay around to talk or watch they go and get more real talk 2014
  • Score: -3

4:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

country bird says...

real talk, how would you like to be in the baking heat 28-34c with only some water early am and one in the evening and no shelter??
real talk, how would you like to be in the baking heat 28-34c with only some water early am and one in the evening and no shelter?? country bird
  • Score: 4

4:31pm Mon 4 Aug 14

real talk 2014 says...

If its to hot horses don't drink fact also they don't just leave a small amount the drums are big they pull along and seen them giving 1 per horse but like I have said kids tip the water away I often shout at them
If its to hot horses don't drink fact also they don't just leave a small amount the drums are big they pull along and seen them giving 1 per horse but like I have said kids tip the water away I often shout at them real talk 2014
  • Score: -2

7:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

sydneyfarm says...

I don`t know why these people have horses as they don`t do anything with them, they are pegged out 365 days a year in all weather. They do water them on a regular basis though as i see them every day.
I don`t know why these people have horses as they don`t do anything with them, they are pegged out 365 days a year in all weather. They do water them on a regular basis though as i see them every day. sydneyfarm
  • Score: 2

9:58am Thu 7 Aug 14

diddy girl says...

I think it's time that you get to know the people that own the horse's on the airport before you start bad mouthing them off
I think it's time that you get to know the people that own the horse's on the airport before you start bad mouthing them off diddy girl
  • Score: 0

7:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

k1zzie says...

If there was something truly wrong with how they are kept do you not think the RSPCA would have taken action. The RSPCA have stated they go and check those horses on a regular bases. If there were true concerns they would take the horses away. They are watered and feed, water can't be left with them as people steal the buckets or the horses kick the buckets over. Also those horses aren't all owned by the same people.
If there was something truly wrong with how they are kept do you not think the RSPCA would have taken action. The RSPCA have stated they go and check those horses on a regular bases. If there were true concerns they would take the horses away. They are watered and feed, water can't be left with them as people steal the buckets or the horses kick the buckets over. Also those horses aren't all owned by the same people. k1zzie
  • Score: -1

4:09am Sun 10 Aug 14

underterraingrunter says...

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  • Score: 0

4:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

underterraingrunter says...

underterraingrunter wrote:
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Search for "Pride and Prejudice - Horses in the travelling community - John Grant" on YouTube.
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  • Score: 0

9:35pm Sun 10 Aug 14

k1zzie says...

underterraingrunter wrote:
underterraingrunter wrote:
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Search for "Pride and Prejudice - Horses in the travelling community - John Grant" on YouTube.
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  • Score: 0

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