The jury in the trial of a girl charged with animal cruelty offences for kicking and slapping a horse has retired to think about its verdict.
Sarah Moulds is charged with two offences after footage emerged of her striking a gray pony she owned in November 2021.
The horse, named Bruce Almighty, was kicked as soon as and slapped 4 instances in response to perceived misbehaviour after working off down a highway in Lincolnshire.
Moulds, 39, claimed she made “minimal contact” with the animal, who nonetheless lived a “splendidly idyllic” life together with her.
Giving the jury remaining instructions at Lincoln Crown Courtroom on Thursday, Recorder Graham Huston stated: “The behaviour was caught on movie and the movie has been performed as half of the proof of the trial.
“The defendant says that if any struggling was induced, this was essential and proportionate in the circumstances and that her behaviour was that of a fairly competent and humane individual.
“It’s for you to determine the place the reality lies.
“It’s essential to attain a unanimous verdict upon which you’re all agreed.”
Prosecutor Hazel Stevens had beforehand advised the courtroom that Bruce “suffered bodily and mentally” because of this of Moulds’ “excessive” chastisement.
Summarising the Crown’s case on Thursday, she stated: “She determined to deal with Bruce like that, she made that call.
“She kicked him, she stated as a result of she had her palms full, but it surely didn’t finish there.
“After kicking him and making that chastisement, she passes the lead rope to another person and continues.
“What’s Bruce studying from that?
“She says the intention was to punish, to shock, due to this fact the intention was to do one thing disagreeable to Bruce.
“Worry is struggling, and the prosecution case is Bruce felt worry.”
The animal had been participating in the Cottesmore Hunt, one of Britain’s oldest foxhound packs, on the time of the incident, which was caught on digicam by hunt saboteurs and posted to social media.
No exterior accidents could possibly be discovered on Bruce following the incident and a vet examination 10 days later discovered him to be in “superb well being”.
Giving her proof, Moulds stated she supposed to “briefly shock” Bruce to self-discipline him after he unexpectedly “took off” in The Drift, Gunby, on November 6 2021.
She stated the incident lasted 4 seconds and there had been no change in her relationship with Bruce since.
She additionally wept in the witness field as she stated she and her household had obtained dying threats over what occurred, in addition to shedding her job as a main college trainer.
Her barrister, Derek Duffy, advised the jury: “Sarah Moulds says ‘I used to be punishing that horse for strolling off as a result of it’s a baby’s pony, and if a pony walks off on a highway with a baby holding it, it’s a harmful exercise’.
“The explanation the horse is punished is as a result of you’ll be able to’t inform it what to do.
“We’re in an space of hypothesis as a result of there is no such thing as a empirical proof which you could depend on.
“The RSPCA didn’t look at this horse.
“There is no such thing as a proof to say it had any harm in any way.”
Moulds, of Somerby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, denies inflicting pointless struggling to a protected animal and never taking cheap steps to guard the animal from ache, struggling, harm or illness.
The trial continues.