Shocking footage shows huntsman hit horse with whip

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Watch: Hunt saboteurs film horse being whipped amid foul-mouthed tirade

A hunt has responded to footage showing a horse being whipped by a rider amid tense stand-offs last week.

Video released by hunt saboteurs also shows a second man appearing to watch the hunt before screaming foul-mouthed threats at the activists.

West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs captured the video as the Warwickshire Hunt gathered near Broughton in Warkwickshire last Wednesday.

The group claims their footage shows evidence of "animal abuse and road chaos" as well as a fox being chased across fields.

The hunt has hit out at the saboteurs, accusing them of deliberately posting misleading footage of lawful activities.

One member of the hunt can be seen striking his horse with a riding crop, forcing it to recoil as it appears to refuse to cross a wooden bridge.

Another clip shows the saboteurs coming across a man on a country lane who they claim was a supporter watching the hunt.

A huntsman was seen whipping a horse during the Warwickshire Hunt. (SWNS)
A huntsman was seen whipping a horse during the Warwickshire Hunt. (SWNS)

He is filmed swearing at one of the group in a foul-mouthed "tirade of sexist and threatening abuse" as he confronts the woman holding the camera.

The man can be seen marching over to her and telling her: "F**k off b***h, you just leave me alone…

"What do you think your life is worth? Get that camera out of my f***ing face."

After being told he is being threatening, he screams at her: "I don't give a f**k. F**k off.”

Saboteurs then filmed what appears to be a fox being hunted by hounds and members of the hunt causing traffic chaos as they rode along the busy A4035 road.

The video emerged after a primary school teacher was sacked when an “upsetting” video of a woman punching and kicking a horse was shared online.

Sarah Moulds, 37, has been fired from her post at the Mowbray Education Trust in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, after footage showed a woman repeatedly slapping the animal when it ran into the road.

West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs captured the video as the Warwickshire Hunt gathered near Broughton, Warks., last Wednesday. (SWNS)
West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs captured the video as the Warwickshire Hunt gathered near Broughton, Warks., last Wednesday. (SWNS)

A West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs spokesperson said of the events last week: "With Boxing Day the biggest date on the hunting calendar almost a week away, the Warwickshire Hunt have in this video provided a snapshot of what fox hunting is all about.

"To begin with one rider was filmed whacking his horse hard with his riding crop after it refused to walk over a bridge with him.

They added: "Hunting a fox with a pack of hounds is a violent act. Abuse of other animals such as horses is a violent act.”

Saboteurs filmed what appears to be a fox being hunted by hounds and members of the hunt. (SWNS)
Saboteurs filmed what appears to be a fox being hunted by hounds and members of the hunt. (SWNS)

Responding to the footage, a Warwickshire Hunt spokesperson said: "The Warwickshire Hunt was conducting a lawful day's hunting which has deliberately been portrayed inaccurately by anti-hunting activists.

"The individual filmed, who is not with the hunt, was passing by and while he stopped to watch the hunt he was then followed, filmed, targeted and provoked by individuals from a group that deliberately sabotages our lawful activities, which includes someone criminally convicted for fabricating evidence against a hunt.

"The hunt does not condone violence or threatening behaviour under any circumstances nor should its members have their personal privacy abused.”

They added: "Questions must be asked as to the credibility of these extremists’ motives and the constantly fabricated, highly edited stories they feed to social media with the sole purpose of attacking and intimidating private individuals and businesses.”

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