Footage has emerged in the last few days of a huntsman from the Flint & Denbigh Hunt hitting and swearing at his horse. The incident was filmed by North Wales Hunt Saboteurs and took place during a hunt in Tre-Mostyn on Saturday November 6th after the rider “hit his horse on the head calling it a f****** c*** after the animal failed to make a jump”.

A member of North Wales Hunt Saboteurs, Dafydd Hughes, told NorthWalesLive that the hunt "mostly behaved themselves" but a huntsman was filmed by the group riding at around 2.15pm, out of view of the police.

In a statement shared with The Mirror, the hunt said they do not condone the behaviour seen in the video.

A spokesperson said: "The hunt does not condone this type of conduct anywhere on or off the hunting field.

"We strive to maintain the highest standards of animal welfare at all times and expect our supporters to do the same."

A police spokesperson told NorthWalesLive: "Last weekend, officers were present in the Tre-Mostyn area to police the activity between the hunt and protesters.

On behalf of the RSPCA, a spokesperson said: "We will always look into complaints about animal welfare that are reported to us. We would urge people with first hand knowledge about this incident to report it to the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999."

Sadly this wasn't the only recent incident involving the mistreatment of a horse by someone involved with a hunt. Earlier this week, footage of a Cottesmore Hunt supporter went viral after she was filmed kicking and punching a horse. The footage taken is shocking not only considering the fact that the woman filmed unleashes several blows to the animal but the fact that she does so in broad daylight in public. One can only imagine the way in which this horse and the other animals under the care of theCottesmore Hunt are treated behind closed doors.

Rob Pownall

Founder of Keep The Ban

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