Hunt saboteurs release shocking video of rider kicking and slapping horse

Hunt saboteurs release video of rider kicking and slapping her horse – as RSPCA and hunting authority condemn the abuse

  • Shocking video shows woman appear to kick and slap a horse after a hunt event
  • Incident caught on camera by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs campaign group
  • Footage branded ‘upsetting’ by RSPCA while governing body condemns actions
  • Do you know the female rider in this video? Get in touch at

This is the ‘upsetting’ moment a video appears to show a female foxhunter kick and slap a horse after a hunting event at the weekend.

The shocking video was shared by Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, an anti-hunting campaign group, and has been condemned by the UK’s national body for hunting.

The RSPCA has also confirmed it is launching an investigation into the incident after the video sparked outrage online.

In the footage, a white horse trots away from the back of a horse trailer before it is stopped by a young rider.

A woman, dressed in cream breeches and a navy jacket then grabs the reins of the horse before she kicks its torso and slaps it repeatedly in the face as it tries to pull away.

This is the shocking moment a female rider appears to kick and repeatedly slap a horse after a hunting event organised by Cottesmore Hunt, a group based in Rutland, East Midlands

The Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs, who say they use ‘non-violent direct action to save wildlife’, shared the video on its Twitter page and tagged the RSPCA.

The group said on Sunday that the incident took place after a Cottesmore Hunt on Saturday afternoon.

Cottesmore Hunt said it did not condone the actions shown in the video ‘under any circumstances’.

The group said it ‘will be reminding all of our supporters that this will not be tolerated,’ according to ITV.

The woman appears to repeatedly slap the horse in the video

The woman appears to repeatedly slap the horse in the video

The RSPCA described the incident as ‘upsetting’ and appealed for witnesses to get in touch

The RSPCA acknowledged it had been made aware and said: ‘This footage is upsetting. We will always look into, and if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.

‘We would urge anyone with first hand information about this incident to contact us on 0300 123 4999.’

Meanwhile, the Hunting Office has criticised the footage and said the perpetrator does not belong to its hunting associations, according to ITV.

The governing body told the news outlet that ‘it expects the highest level of animal welfare at all times – both on and off the hunting field – and condemns the actions taken by this individual, who is not a member of the hunting associations’.