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A primary school teacher and mother of two is facing allegations of hitting a horse after video footage appears to show her striking the animal.
Sarah Moulds, from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, was captured in footage taken at a fox hunt in Cottesmore appearing to slap and kick a horse after it ran into the road.
Moulds appears to grab the reins of the grey-coloured horse before allegedly striking the animal several times in an act that has outraged users on social media.
The married teacher and mum works at Somerby Primary School and is also a director of the Knossington & Somerby Pre-School in Leicestershire.
Moulds was listed as a team manager for the local Cottesmore Pony Club but has since been removed from the website following the allegations.
The Pony Club has now confirmed that Moulds was never a member and has been removed from her voluntary position.
A spokesperson for the Pony Club said: “We are aware of the video circulating showing unacceptable treatment of a pony and we wholeheartedly condemn this behaviour.
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“The welfare of horses and ponies is of the utmost importance to The Pony Club, therefore the lady in question has been removed from her voluntary position as a team organiser for a Branch.
“The Pony Club is a youth membership organisation and as such, she is not a member of The Pony Club.”
Cottesmore Hunt, who Moulds is believed to be part of, posted a message on social media saying they “strongly disapprove of any such actions” and warned everyone of their conduct as they are in the “public eye at all times”.
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Footage of the alleged attack was shared by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, an anti-hunting campaign group.
The RSPCA has been made aware of the footage, which has been circulating all over social media, and is investigating the incident.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “This footage is upsetting. We will always look into, and if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.
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“We would urge anyone with first hand information about this incident to contact us on 0300 123 4999.”
Cottesmore Hunt and Somerby Primary School have been contacted for comment.
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