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Some of the horses reportedly had hooves that were up to 8 inches overgrown. Photo courtesy Watonwan County Sheriff's Department

ODIN — An Odin man who was found guilty of neglecting his miniature horses was sentenced to probation. 

A Watonwan County jury found Michael Charles Johnson, 54, guilty of misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and neglect in April. 

Authorities found dead ponies and ponies with severely overgrown hooves on Johnson's farm last summer, according to the court complaint. 

Johnson was sentenced this week to one year of probation. A 90-day jail sentence will be waived if he completes probation. 

Johnson also was ordered to pay restitution for care of his remaining horses. The amount is yet to be determined pending resolution of a threatened lawsuit over boarding fees against the county by the veterinarian who took custody of the ponies.