Farrier caught beating horse nine times with hammer avoids jail

Farrier caught beating horse nine times with hammer avoids jail

Farrier who was caught beating horse nine times with a hammer in brutal six-minute attack avoids jail – after previously being suspended for twisted hate campaign against his ex when he stole her underwear

  • WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Scott Manson is sentenced for animal cruelty 

A farrier who was caught beating a horse nine times with a hammer in an attack that lasted more than six minutes has avoided jail after footage of the brutal incident emerged. 

Scott Manson, 34, was called in to re-shoe the horse but lost his temper and used his hammer to repeatedly strike the animal.

The attack lasted six-and-a-half minutes with the horse tethered to a rope – unable to escape.

Manson was given a 12 week suspended prison sentence, a ten year animal ban and unpaid work for the repeated assault on the animal at Cheltenham Magistrates Court.

The RSPCA confirmed to MailOnline it was heard in court that Manson was previously suspended from the professional register of farriers in April 2021 after a criminal conviction in June 2019 for causing fear of violence to an ex-partner.

Manson was convicted of carrying out a sustained campaign of harassment against his girlfriend for more than three months which included stealing her underwear, squashing her with a door and sending her a distressing card, Gloucestershire Live reported at the time. 

The court heard Scott Manson was unaware his actions had been caught on camera during the attack on April 1, 2022

Following the hammer attack on the horse on April 1, 2022, the court heard Manson was unaware his actions had been caught on camera.

Manson initially claimed the horse had broken his hammer in a picture sent to the owner.

But after wondering why their usually docile horse would have reacted in such a way, the owner decided to review CCTV footage from the yard.

MailOnline has decided not to publish the footage due to its upsetting nature.  

Solicitor Lindi Meyer, who represented the animal welfare charity in court, said: ‘He repeatedly beat the horse around the forelimbs of the legs where there is very little in the way of soft tissue covering and as such the blows were almost directly to the bone.

‘This would have been incredibly painful for the horse and the farrier is very fortunate not to have caused fractures of any of the limbs.

‘The horse was hit nine times viciously in a six-and-a-half minute video attack which left it with soft tissue swellings and cuts to the limbs.

‘The attack was unprovoked, unacceptable and completely unnecessary and has caused this horse to suffer from both physical and psychological harm.

‘The abuse falls far below what is expected of a human dealing with horses let alone a professional farrier who has been entrusted by the owners to take care of the horse.

‘At no point was the farrier trying to teach the horse to stand still, pick its feet up or any other action. The actions were simply to beat the horse out of anger, a short temper, or frustration.

‘Whatever the reason, the actions were so barbaric and cruel that the farrier broke the head off a hammer onto the sensitive areas of the front limbs of the horse.’

Manson was called in to re-shoe the horse but lost his temper and used his hammer to repeatedly strike the animal

CCTV footage showed Mason adopting an aggressive stance, and striking out with his hammer in his hand at the horse’s front legs.

Upon checking their horse, the owner could see his right front leg was bigger than usual and there were various marks on both front legs and around the shin area.

The fur had also been taken off and the shin exposed.

The court also heard the horse was reluctant for his owners to touch or brush his legs and when the new farrier came out he was given sedatives from the vet to keep him calm on two occasions.

He was also reluctant to go into his stable and was wary of people for a time, but is now back to normal.

Manson, of Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced on Monday following an investigation and prosecution by the RSPCA.

In mitigation, it was said Manson is remorseful, and that he was stressed and was visiting his dying mother in Scotland twice a week at the time.

Manson was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements (RAR) days. 

He must also pay £400 costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

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