These are 'horrendous'conditions that emaciated and lame horses were kept in at a Blackpool farm
The stud farm owner has since been banned from keeping animals for 10 years. Read the full court report here
The charity's inspectors found the animals living in dilapidated stables - some without doors or missing wooden panels. The stable bedding was covered in months of urine and droppings. Six animals were in an appalling condition they had to be put to sleep by the vet immediately. Some of the horses' hooves were so overgrown the animals could hardly move because they were in so much pain. There was evidence that some had not been out of their stables for some time to use nearby sand and grass paddocks. Some of the horses were emaciated. Speaking after the hearing, RSPCA deputy chief inspector Carl Larsson said: "It was the most horrific case I have ever had to deal with in my whole career. The agencies seized a total of 31 horses in an early morning raid. The RSPCA acted and gained a warrant after they were tipped off by officials from World Horse Welfare and the Horses and Ponies Protection Association about conditions at the stud.