“Horse Whisperer” Convicted of Pony Cruelty

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A man who claimed to be a self-taught horse whisperer and trainer has reportedly been convicted of animal cruelty.

He was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid community service and given a £360 fine.

Jonathan Hurst of King’s Elm, Barton Stacey, a man who claimed to be a self-taught horse whisperer and trainer has reportedly been found guilty on two counts of “causing unnecessary suffering to a pony at a yard in Hampshire.”

The Animal Cruelty Incident

Hurst had offered his services to Tanzin’s owner after promoting himself as a horse guru “with skills to transform even the most willful horse”.

Tanzin was then taken to a yard in Wherwell in March 2016. A few days later, the RSPCA discovered that Tanzin was left with severe injuries without treatment by a vet.

According to the RSPCA, a female pony called Tanzin, was found with “absolutely shocking” split tongue and untreated eye injuries.

RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards said: “I have never seen anything like the state of her tongue.

“It’s callous to leave an animal to suffer in this way without proper veterinary treatment.”

“We were made aware of the untreated injuries after Tanzin’s owner paid a visit to the yard for an update on her pony’s progress.

“When she arrived she was surprised to find her pony didn’t react to her as she usually would and screamed when Tanzin turned her head to reveal a greyed out eye as she feared Tanzin had been blinded.

“While she was being examined by a vet she had refused food which led to the checks in her mouth revealing the deep cut to her tongue.”

The Sentence

The 26-year-old was taken to Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid community service and given a £300 fine as well as a £60 victim surcharge.