A hunt has "offered its condolences" after its hounds rampaged on to private land and terrified a horse which subsequently had to be put down. Barney the horse who was looked after by Lisa Lane in Wormingford, was panicked after dozens of hunting hounds gained access to the land without their permission. The animal which has been with Lisa for over 20 years bolted and ran straight through a gate which resulted in the poor animal breaking his leg. He then laid on the ground in immense pain for over 40 minutes before the decision had to be made to put the animal out of his suffering.

Images show the hounds running wild on the Grove Estate

Essex and Suffolk Hunt has admitted it was conducting a hunt in the area at the time and offered its “sincere condolences”.

Lisa, 40, said: “I got a phone call at about midday explaining there was a truck on the drive and my horse was on the floor and the gate was broken.

“My horse had been laying there for at least 40 minutes in pain on his own. We were not warned a hunt would be going on - if we were, I would’ve got the horses in.

“My little dog is usually running around up there and so is my six-year-old daughter, they could’ve been there and in real danger.

“This is the death of an innocent horse, my family horse which my children have grown up with. It’s disgusting.”

A spokesperson from the Essex and Suffolk Hunt has stated “Representatives from the hunt immediately assisted with the situation and were deeply sympathetic towards both the landowner and the owner of the injured horse, offering to assist further in any way possible.

“As horse owners ourselves, we realise what a difficult time this must be and we offer our sincere condolences to those affected by these unfortunate events”.

Sadly this isn't the first time that a hunt has caused the death of a domestic animal. Last year the Western Hunt rampaged through a quiet residential street before killing Mini the Cat in her own front yard. How much longer will the hunts get away with rampaging across the countryside and killing anything in their path?

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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