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‘Horse guru’ convicted of animal cruelty



A self proclaimed “horse whisperer” and trainer has been convicted of animal cruelty.

Jonathan Hurst was found guilty of two counts of causing  suffering to a pony at a yard in Hampshire, UK.

The pony – called “Tanzin” was left with “absolutely shocking” spilt tongue and eye injuries, the RSPCA said.

Mr Hurst, was ordered to carry out 120 hours of community service and fined £300.




He offered his services to Tanzin’s owner after portraying himself as a “horse guru” with the skills to transform even the most wilful horse.

Tanzin suffered “significant injuries” while under the care of Mr Hurst at the Hampshire based yard, from 9 March to 14 March 2016, the animal charity added.

RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards said: “Tanzin had been left to suffer with absolutely shocking injuries.

“I have never seen anything like the state of her tongue.”

Tanzin after her injured tongue had been stitched by a vet

“It’s callous to leave an animal to suffer in this way without proper veterinary treatment.”

She added Tanzin’s owner screamed when she first saw her pony’s “greyed out” eye, fearing it had been blinded.

Tanzin had refused to eat before the gash on her tongue was discovered, the RSPCA said.