Ex- Police Officer Fined for Selling ‘Dangerous’ Horses



Banged to Rights

An ex-police officer has been handed a suspended sentence after she admitted selling ‘dangerous’ horses to unsuspecting clients in Gloucestershire.


Carrie Vinson, 33, entered a guilty plea to selling two horses as being suitable for beginners even though they had already shown erratic or dangerous behaviour in the past.


It was a victory for all of us in the horse world against irresponsible horse sellers and even Judge Jamie Tabor QC remarked on her “dishonest reputation”.


As she admitted a guilty plea, Vinson was let off with a lenient sentence. She received a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for two years. She was also ordered to pay £10,000 costs and £2,000 in compensation to two people that she managed to exploit.




Vinson ran her equestrian business in Pilling near Bristol and had previously served with the Gloucestershire Constabulary until 2012.


Between 2011 and 2012 she advertised horses on unsuspecting websites and led buyers to believe that the horses were hers or that she was offloading them on behalf of her friends.


The truth was that the horses were actually being sold on behalf of an agent inIreland. Vinson knew that the horses had behaved in a dangerous way, yet she advertised them as being “perfectly mannered”.


Luckily more people didn’t suffer due to Vinson’s reckless behaviour and financial greed and hopefully this will send out a clear message to those who intend to exploit the public.


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