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Horses struggling to survive in flooded Leicester field

The herd was seen in a waterlogged field near the Fosse Shopping Park in Leicestershire. Credit: SWNS

A horse carcass has been photographed along with other animals "too exhausted" to move in flooded fields in Leicester.

"I clocked what I thought was a horse lying down in the field and I thought that would be really exceptional because they would normally try and stay on their feet," said farrier Mark Johnson, 51.

Other horses were seen crammed into the driest areas of the field. A decaying horse carcass has been cropped out of the image. Credit: SWNS

"But when I got closer I realised it was the decomposing corpse. It was awful - it was just left there, rotting away.

"Then I saw another horse, a foal, lying down at the end of the field by the water line, we tried for a while to get it up and out but it was just too exhausted," he said.

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