This video, which went viral on the Internet, is difficult to watch if you love and understand horses. It shows a large woman, overweight and many times too tall and heavy for a very small pony, riding the little animal up and down on a narrow footpath. Her feet easily touch the ground and she is many times too weighty for the pony. She treats him rough and mean. At one point, she wraps the rein several times around her left wrist to worsen her grip on the animal. In addition, she uses her whip to strike and beat him excessively. The little horse is clearly overburdened by the weight as he tries to carry and balance the large woman
Internet users viewed this video by the thousands and expressed anger over the pony’s treatment on social media and websites. According to Dutch reports, the public outcry reached authorities and, subsequently, three people have been arrested in the Dutch town of Groningen on Wednesday, October 16 - two 57-year-old men and the 58-year-old woman. All were charged with animal abuse.
Nearing the end of the video, the little pony goes down. The woman continues to sit on him even though he shows some distress.
Animal rights members have called on Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten to increase the monitoring of animal abuse. Reports are that other online videos are now receiving scrutiny and even investigation.
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