The 37-year-old woman has reportedly been getting death threats since the footage went viral.
Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic details of animal abuse that may be triggering to readers.
A woman who was filmed hitting a horse has been identified. Ever since the footage went viral, Sarah Moulds, 37, has been getting death threats and has gone into hiding, reports The Sun. The team leader of her local Pony Club (a non-profit for young people interested in riding), a primary school teacher, and a mother-of-two, Moulds is believed to be the woman in the video where she was filmed apparently kicking and punching a horse. A statement released from Mowbray Education Trust said, “We can confirm that a member of staff has been suspended pending a formal investigation into an incident that occurred at the weekend. We will not be making any further comment while the investigation is in progress."
Primary school teacher seen punching and kicking horse SUSPENDED and ‘in hiding' https://t.co/G4EkoKIRw7— The Irish Sun (@IrishSunOnline) November 10, 2021
A neighbor and fellow rider in Leicestershire, told the media outlet, “She’s had to go away after receiving death threats and loads of vile abuse. It’s awful and has got very much out of hand. She fears for her life. She has young children and she is worried about them as well as herself. She’s well known and respected in equestrian circles and her social media was bombarded with comments from very angry people after the video went viral and she’s now had to close it down.”
So the hunter that was filmed ‘punching and kicking horse’ after it ran onto road is 37-year-old mum & teacher at Somerby Primary school SARAH MOULDS! Teaches Pony Club too. 😳@Protect_Wldlife @_AnimalAdvocate https://t.co/2VggDIZFza— XposeTrophyKilling (@TrophyXpose) November 9, 2021
The woman's uncle, David Kirkham vouches for his niece's character and said that she "absolutely loves her horses". He told The Daily Mail, "She is a very upright person, a fantastic person who absolutely loves her horses. I’ve seen the video but we don't know what the horse had been doing and if it was out of control. But we know it ran out onto the road and she told it off. There was no malice intended." The Cottesmore branch of the Pony Club describes itself as "the starting place for anyone with an interest in horses and riding, who wants to learn and have fun in a safe and caring environment." Mould's titles as a team leader of the Cottesmore branch of the Pony Club and co-organizer of the upcoming junior summer camp have been removed from the branch’s website.
Good afternoon @RSPCA_official as a VP can I call upon you to urgently investigate and definitively prosecute this appalling abuse - thus upholding our standards of animal welfare protection . Thank you . RT pic.twitter.com/x8pZq1vVfo— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) November 7, 2021
Anti-hunting campaign group Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs shared the footage on Facebook on Saturday, November 6 and questioned what Moulds would "do to that horse when she gets back from driving home". The video shows the woman seeming to slap and kick the horse for a few seconds and then taking the animal inside a vehicle. The Hunting Office (UK's national body for hunting) responded to the video and said it "expects the highest level of animal welfare at all times – both on and off the hunting field – and condemns the actions taken by this individual, who is not a member of the hunting associations", ITV reports. The RSPCA described the footage as "really upsetting" and said that it will "always look into complaints made to us about animal welfare." Anyone with first-hand information about the incident has been asked to get in touch with the organization.
Hi Chris, thanks for getting in touch about the incident involving the poor horse at Cottesmore Hunt. It is really upsetting. We are actively looking into this at the moment and are urging members of the public with first hand info to get in touch too.— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) November 7, 2021