A horse breeder has pleaded guilty to letting two of his animals die in a desolate field.
Another two of Steven Lee’s horses had to be put down when his animals were seized from a field off Mythop Road, Marton, by the World Horse Welfare charity.
Lee , 27, of Rosemary Lane, Bartle, near Preston, admitted charges of causing unnecessary suffering to horses when he appeared before magistrates.
Prosecutors said failed to provide adequate vets care and worming care in order to protect the horses from pain and suffering.
Peter Margey, prosecuting for the RSPCA, told the court the animals were living in the field during the winter with no shelter from the harsh winter snow.
When two horses were found dead in the field during visits to the site, the others were taken to Penny Farm World Horse Welfare stables because of concerns over their health.
The living horses were then examined and a vet was forced to put down two of the seized horses and found the others to be infested with lice and worms and in a poor overall condition.
Their poor winter diet had given them diarrhoea, prosecutors say.
During the hearing at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, the RSPCA asked for a costs order against Lee for £7,978.
David Charnley, defending, said his client had taken over the family horse rearing and breeding business.
“He has been in the business for 12 years, however, he needed to go to Birmingham for a time and left the care and stewardship of the horses with a family member,” said Mr Charnley.
“That person failed to do the checks which should have been done. My client accepts overall responsibility for the animals as he is their owner.”
Lee is due to be sentenced at a later date and magistrates warned him he could face prison.
The RSPCA warned they would also be asking for an order banning Lee from having animals.