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Felmingham horse attack leaves owner in state of shock

PUBLISHED: 11:44 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 21 February 2014

Angela Sayer with her horse May who was attacked in her stable at their home at Felmingham. Picture: Denise Bradley

Angela Sayer with her horse May who was attacked in her stable at their home at Felmingham. Picture: Denise Bradley


A keen rider is in shock after her pet horse had all four of its legs attacked in its remote stable.

May, the 20-year-old Irish draught cross thoroughbred, had all of her “chestnut” growths ripped off from near her knees in an overnight attack.

She was inside her stable on Hall Road, Felmingham, near North Walsham, when the intruders entered the outdoor building between 5pm on Sunday and 8.30am the next day.

Owner Angela Sayer, 56, a retired paramedic who lives next to the stable, said the incident had left her terrified, paranoid, shaken and petrified.

“May is traumatised,” Ms Sayer said.

The chestnuts are growths of keratin that can be regularly trimmed, with care.

However, May’s were “ripped off down to the skin,” said Ms Sayer, who added: “It is so unbelievably cruel. What sort of people do that?”

She first found out about the attack after her friend, who is temporarily looking after May, spotted a patch of blood in the stable on Monday afternoon.

The horse did not want to come out of her stable and was acting oddly.

Ms Sayer, who has had horses since she was 20, said: “I have never known this to happen and the vet said this was unheard of. May is a sweet-natured horse. She is a darling.”

When the police officers spoke to Ms Sayer, May hid at the back of the stable.

“I have sobbed about it. I cannot sleep at night now and keep looking out of the window at the stable,” she added.

The outdoor block, within a barn, was open at the back when the attack happened.

Ms Sayer said she would now fit CCTV around her rural home.

May was previously used for local cross country and showjumping events, but stopped competing three years ago.

Nicola Jarvis, head of veterinary care at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, said: “I’m appalled for the horse and owner. If there was bleeding, it would have hurt.

“It is common for farriers to trim chestnuts, but it should be done carefully and not down to the skin.”

Witnesses should call PC Gary Bullen at North Walsham police station on 101.

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