Minnesota Man Charged for Neglecting Miniature Horse Herd

Investigators found 70 Miniature Horses with curling hooves, indicative of a lack of farriery care, as well as several horse carcasses on Michael Charles Johnson’s Odin, Minnesota, property.
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A Minnesota man is facing multiple charges for allegedly neglecting dozens of Miniature Horses.

Investigator Mark Slater, of the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Department, in St. James, Minnesota, said personnel began investigating the care of 70 Miniature Horses at a farm owned by Michael Charles Johnson in rural Odin, Minnesota, in June. Investigators found the horses with curling hooves, indicative of a lack of routine farriery care.

“The horses had two and even three curls in their hooves,” Slater said.

The horses were removed from the property and placed in the care of a local veterinarian, who determined the horses had not received any farrier care for a year or more

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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