Barton Stacey, Winchester: Jonathan Hurst

#TheList self-proclaimed ‘horse guru’ Jonathan Hurst, born c. 1989, of Kings Elms, Barton Stacey, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 3RG – convicted of cruelty after a pony was left with an eye injury and her tongue split open

'Horse Whisperer' Jonathan Hurst was convicted of cruelty to a pony

Jonathan Hurst had claimed to be a self-taught ‘horse whisperer’ and trainer, but in January 2017 he was found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony at a yard in Hampshire.

The female pony – called Tanzin – was left with “absolutely shocking” spilt tongue and eye injuries which were not treated by a vet, the RSPCA said.

'Horse Whisperer' Jonathan Hurst was convicted of cruelty to a pony
Tanzin: victim of so-called horse guru Jonathan Hurst of Barton Tracey

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

The filly suffered “significant injuries” while under the care of Hurst at a yard in Longparish Road, Wherwell, from 9 March to 14 March 2016.

'Horse Whisperer' Jonathan Hurst was convicted of cruelty to a pony

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.

“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 she had been blinded.

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

Sentencing:
120 hours of unpaid work. Fined £300. No ban.

BBC News

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