A fresh video has emerged, said to be of the horse at the centre of a video in which a man strikes it between the eyes with a stick, with claims the blow was part of the animal’s training.
The video, which appears to have been shot in the same setting, shows the horse being led a few paces and then mounted.
The fresh video, posted on Monday, had drawn nearly 1500 comments at the time of writing, the vast majority of them in arabic and critical. It had been viewed more than 500,000 times.
The commentary, in arabic, explains that the horse in the video was the one at the centre of the uproar.
It said the earlier video was shot three months ago, and that the horse was doing well.
It said the horse was badly behaved back then, so the stick was used as part of the animal’s training.
However, the video commentary fails to explain the laughter that could be heard in the previous video, or why this particular aspect of the horse’s “training” warranted recording.
The original footage, which shows the horse collapsing after the blow, has provoked a sharp reaction in social media.
The animal was tied to a power pole when the incident occurred. The incident is understood to have occurred in Saudi Arabia.
The footage has been circulated widely online, with many Saudis demanding that those responsible be brought to justice.
Emir Abdelaziz Ben Saad Ben Jouli, a horse breeder in the Al-Ahsa region in the country’s east, is among those seeking the arrest of the men.
He commented “I was appalled when I saw the video. I can’t understand how anyone can treat a horse – or any other animal – with such cruelty.
“I have already contacted a lawyer in order to launch legal proceedings against these people. All I want is for them to be sent to prison so that they understand the gravity of their actions and, above all, serve as a warning for others,” he said.
“This act is even more incomprehensible given that the horse, especially the pure-bred Arabian, is a very respected and pampered animal here.”
Twitter users have created the hashtag #محاسبة_معذبي_الحصان (“punishment for the horse’s torturers”).