The hunt horse kick woman who was filmed kicking and striking the animal during a hunt has been cleared of animal cruelty charges.
The RSPCA brought a private prosecution after Sarah Moulds, 39, was caught on film disciplining the animal in Lincolnshire in 2021.
Her supporters wept as she was cleared of two charges.
After the decision, she criticised the RSPCA, saying it had been “pressured” to act by “online bullies and ill-informed high-profile individuals”.
Hunt horse kick woman
Speaking outside court on Friday, Mrs Moulds said the verdict was “a testament to the importance of due process” and showed “there are two sides to every story”.
Moulds said: “The jury’s decision today has vindicated me, however, the damage from the last 20 months’ trial by social media is irreversible.”
Outside Lincoln Crown Court she added there are “two sides to every story” and “in this digital age, misinformation can spread like wildfire”.
She said death threats sent to her and her family included one in a Christmas card delivered to her home.
Mrs Moulds’ barrister, Derek Duffy, told the jury: “Sarah Moulds says ‘I was punishing that horse for walking off because it’s a child’s pony, and if a pony walks off on a road with a child holding it, it is a dangerous activity’.
Here she is moaning about her treatment.
In response, one person wrote: “Sarah Moulds crying about how she’s been hounded on social media after that video of her punching & kicking a horse went viral
“Good grief, the entitlement of the rich is disgraceful
“If a horse did that to her it’d be put down FFS.”