In a disturbing video, a hunt rider slaps and kicks a horse, which the RSPCA is investigating.
In footage captured by hunt saboteurs, a female horserider appeared to punch and kick her horse in frustration while attempting to load it into a carrier.
After being shared on social media, a sickening video purporting to show a hunt rider kicking and slapping a horse sparked outrage.
Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, an anti-hunting campaign group, shared a video of what appears to be an enraged horserider attacking the animal after it ran into the road.
The grey-colored horse runs away from its carrier and into the road in the video, only to be stopped by the woman who grabs the reins.
She then kicks the horse in the chest, followed by several slaps to the animal’s face, as the witnesses gasp in disbelief.
The rider is believed to be a member of the Cottesmore Hunt, a foxhound pack based in Rutland, and is dressed in cream breeches and a navy jacket.
After the video was shared on social media over the weekend, the RSPCA issued an information request, according to Mirror Online.
Several people contacted the charity, requesting that they look into the incident.
“This is unacceptable!!! That poor horse was hit and kicked,” someone wrote on Twitter.
Every day, new evidence of the brutal cruelty these hunts inflict on helpless animals emerges.
“It’s ridiculous that they’re getting away with it.”
“I completely agree with you; something serious needs to be done about it; no animal should be treated that way,” one responded.
“As a horsewoman myself, nothing makes me angrier than seeing footage like this,” said a third viewer.
It’s a disgrace.
“There is no justification for this behavior.”
“It doesn’t matter how frustrated you are or how bad your day has gone.
“Horses are extremely delicate creatures.”
What a great way to make them nervous.”
Cottesmore Hunt said after the incident that it “under no circumstances” condoned the actions depicted in the video.
“All of our supporters will be reminded that this will not be tolerated,” the statement continued.
The Hunting Office condemned the woman’s actions, claiming that she was not a member of any hunting organizations.
“This footage is extremely upsetting,” the RSPCA said in a statement.
We will always investigate complaints about animal welfare that are brought to our attention.
“Anyone with first-hand information about this incident should call us on 0300 123 4999,” says the statement.
“The Hunting Office expects the highest level of,” a spokesman for the agency said.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.