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Farrier caught attacking horse on CCTV in Cornwall

Farrier caught attacking horse on CCTV in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:52pm 23rd August 2019. (Updated at 1:18pm 27th August 2019)

WARNING: You may find some details upsetting.

A farrier who was caught on CCTV violently attacking a horse has been banned from keeping or working with horses for three years.

40-year-old Michael Francis McNamara from St Mellion, Saltash, was filmed repeatedly jabbing, kicking, and punching the bay gelding.

McNamara pleaded guilty to one offence of animal cruelty following a prosecution by the RSPCA.

He was also ordered to obey a 26-week curfew, which means he is electronically tagged and must stay in his home from 7pm until 5am, seven days a week.

The farrier - who the court was told had more than 20 years experience professionally shoeing horses - was attending to a horse in the stables in south-east Cornwall in January.

During the 12-minute long clip, McNamara can be seen kicking the horse on the side on at least two occasions, before punching the horse in the face, and hitting the horse in the side multiple times with the end of the handles of long metal pliers as he tries to remove a rear shoe.

Pirate FM has chosen not to show the clip because it is so distressing.

"This was a vicious and sustained attack on a terrified horse, who for much of it was tethered and unable to escape while being exposed to inexcusable violence."

RSPCA inspector Claire Ryder, who investigated for the animal welfare charity

He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and an £85 victim surcharge when he appeared before magistrates in Bodmin for sentencing on Thursday 22nd August 2019.

McNamara's disqualification cannot be appealed for two years and prevents him owning or keeping any equines, participating in the keeping of any equine, or being a party to an arrangement whereby they are entitled to influence the way in which any equines are kept.

The court said he can continue to work as a farrier, provided he is supervised by an adult at all times.

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