A teacher in the UK has been sacked from her job after footage emerged online of her appearing to kick, slap and punch a distressed horse.
In a video posted on Facebook, primary school teacher Sarah Moulds can be seen kicking the horse and slapping it around the head after it ran onto the road.
Watch the disturbing footage in the video above
The 27-year-old from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire was in full riding habit.
It’s understood she had been participating in the Cottesmore Hunt in Leicestershire when the incident occurred.
The woman was filmed from another car whose driver can be heard saying, “She just kicked the horse!”
The onlooker then shouts out, “Oi!” at the woman after witnessing the horrific moment.
The teacher was investigated by the RSPCA after the footage came to their attention, The Sun reports.
The mother-of-two has also been stood down from both her places of work, Somerby Primary School and Knossington and Somerby Pre-School, the Mowbray Education Trust confirmed.
Speaking to the BBC, the Mowbray Education Trust’s chief operating officer Paul Maddox said Ms Mould’s employment had been “terminated.”
“As a trust we are committed to ensuring the best standard of education for all of our young people and we look forward to continuing this throughout the 2021/22 academic year and beyond,” he said in a statement.
When the video began circulating on social media, viewers were horrified.
“Poor horse,” one person wrote.
“Absolutely vile, cruel person, shame on her.
“Hope something is done about this.”
“She should never be allowed to keep animals for the rest of her life,” another said.
I feel so sorry for any animals in her possession
It is not yet known what the outcome of the RSPCA investigation is.