A pony had its forelock cut off and a padlock was cut at a disabled riding centre in two suspicious incidents being investigated by Lothian and Borders Police, in Scotland.
Sometime on Monday a paddock in Drumshoreland Road, Pumpherston, was entered and a three-year-old Welsh Section A pony had its forelock cut off.
The pony was uninjured, but the owners are now unable to show the animal at forthcoming events, police said.
Another incident, between 8pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday, was then reported at the West Lothian Riding for the Disabled venue.
Staff at the farm, which is located on the A904 road at Abercorn, returned to find the padlock on the gate had been forced off.
Nothing appears to have been stolen but police believe it was a malicious act.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
“Local officers will be visiting all rural land in the surrounding areas of these properties to offer appropriate crime prevention advice to workers and residents,” a police spokesman said.
“Farmers and those who live in the country are asked to be vigilant and if they witness any criminal activity should contact police immediately.”