Huntsman punches horse in face and calls it a c*** after failing to clear jump

A huntsman has appeared to 'punch a horse' and then 'call it a c***' in a disturbing video circulating on social media.

North Wales Hunt Saboteurs (NWHS), a protest group against fox hunting, uploaded the clip to Facebook.

In the post they allege that the rider is from the Flint and Denbigh Hunt in North Wales, and that the incident took place during a hunt in Tre-Mostyn on Saturday, November 6, reports North Wales Live.

Police were also in attendance at the event.

One of the anti-hunt protesters, Dafydd Hughes, said: "It was a fox hunting meet of the Flint and Denbigh hunt who set off from Wern farm on the Mostyn Estate."

Mr Hughes said the hunt "mostly behaved themselves" but a huntsman was filmed by the group riding at around 2.15pm, out of view of the police.

Mr Hughes claimed the footage showed the rider "hit his horse on the head calling it a f****** c*** after if failed to make a jump".

In a statement, a spokesperson for the hunt 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."

The footage was passed by NWHS to the police and the RSPCA.

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

"We were also joined by officers from the Rural Crime Team who observed the laying of the trail for the hunt to follow. We are pleased to say that there were no incidents of note.

"We have however been made aware of a video circulating on social media involving a rider and horse. The matter has been referred to our Rural Crime Team to review."

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."

The Daily Star has approached the Flint and Denbigh Hunt for comment.

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