A small horse died after being hit by a car on the A26 on Monday (November 23).
The cob was one of three horses to let themselves out through a footpath gate left open by someone walking through the land.
Cliffe Equine Clinic, in Lewes, is now urging people to be more attentive when crossing an area used by livestock.
A message posted on the clinic’s Facebook page said: “I personally would like to issue a word of caution to anyone who uses footpaths through land containing livestock - if you open a gate, CLOSE it behind you.
“Today, we sadly lost a beautiful cob on the A26 in a RTA, one of three horses that let themselves out through a footpath gate left open by the last user.
“The car that hit the horse was a complete write-off, but very luckily the driver was uninjured.
“This was a wholly avoidable tragedy and the owners are devastated.
“Please share to stop this type of tragedy, or worse, happening to anyone else.”
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