Horse care-taker Nancy Lane says Samson the horse died earlier this month after years of service as a carriage horse downtown for the Carolina Polo and Carriage Company, owned by Richard Knoth.

Lane claims Samson was the fifth of Knoth’s horses to die in her care in the past two years. She accuses Knoth of over-working and under-feeding the horses, and that three of the rive that died weren’t seen by a vet because Knoth didn’t want to pay for it.