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Much Loved Horse Shot Dead in Field

It is almost impossible to go through life without being touched by tragedy. But there are certain catastrophes which you could never anticipate. You certainly would not expect to discover that someone had shot your beautiful horse for no reason at all.


Stacey McKay’s gorgeous gelding Ghost was the light of her life. He was kept at a private yard in Lingfield, Surrey where he was happy. He had been checked on the morning of the incident and was happily grazing in his field on what looked like being just another normal day. It was 26 January 2017.

Tragedy Strikes

Then Stacey received a phone call to tell her that Ghost had been found dead in the field. Her sister drove her to the site and she was shocked to discover that Ghost had been shot in the forehead. Stacey called her vet and he felt that the horse may have been shot with a bolt gun and suggested that she should call the police.

Shot Twice

Stacey McKay had owned Ghost since he was just seven months old. He was apparently a friendly soul and Stacey fears that he may have walked right up to his assassin and put his head on the gun. He had wounds to both his head and abdomen. Stacey hopes that he was shot in the head first so he died instantly and wasn’t aware of the other injury.

Show Jumper

Ghost was Stacey’s first horse and had been bred for show jumping. She was looking forward to enjoying many years riding him. She has now moved her two mares out of the yard in case they are also attacked. No motive for the attack on Ghost has emerged. Stacey is appealing for witnesses to the shooting. Anyone with information should contact either the police or . The shooting took place in Newchapel Road sometime between 7.30am and 2.30pm.

Devastating Loss

There really are some sick people out there and it must be devastating to discover that your beloved horse has become a victim of such a pointless and seemingly random act of violence. Unfortunately, horses are vulnerable to such attacks as if they are turned out, it is impossible to completely protect them.


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