Blow to head with stick “part of training”

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 horse collapsed when struck, and appeared to be struggling to regain its footing.
The horse collapsed when struck, and appeared to be struggling to regain its footing.

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.

A scene from the latest video posted on YouTube.
A scene from the latest video posted on YouTube.

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”).

Earlier report


3 thoughts on “Blow to head with stick “part of training”

  • February 22, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I recently adopted a horse that had been hit with a severe blow to the head. It separated both retinas and the horse is now totally blind. These people responsible are barbarians to say the least.

    • February 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      Oh my gosh, what evil people we have in this world! I’m glad that your horse found a forever home where it will be loved and cared for properly!

  • February 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    You find who did this ill find you a whole lotta people who’ll pay to beat these thugs into next week. I say tie them to the ground spread eagle and let us at ’em with the same sticks they used on that horse–between the legs.

    You NEVER hit a horse in the head. Why? You’ll make him headshy–making him a thousand times more difficult to manage. Idiots.

    At the minimum these guys need to be chemically neutered so they perpetuate their brand of stupidity on the next generation.


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