EXCLUSIVE By Wendy Williams
EXPATS are demanding swift justice after a horse died when it was dragged down the road for refusing to get into a horse box.
The mare – who was with her five month old foal – had to be put down after being beaten with iron bars and then practically flayed alive on the tarmac.
The horrific incident occurred when the thoroughbred collapsed as she was unable to get into a horsebox, which didn´t have a ramp.
Local expats watched in horror as she was first beaten, before being dragged by three men – believed to be gypsies – up to 100 metres down the road, in Secadero, near Sotogrande.
The three men only stopping when a passing motorist intervened.
The men then drove off, leaving the horse and its terrified five month old foal, in the road.
“By this time the mare had lost a lot of skin all down one side of her body,” explained Briton Tracey Parker, 48, a horse trainer and equine podologist who was called to the scene by her friend who had witnessed the horrific ordeal.
“When I arrived we were met by a very sorry sight.
“After an hour of rehydration and system boosting drugs the mare was still clearly showing no signs of recovery.
“They had been pulling her by the neck and she couldn’t lift her head, there was clearly some nerve damage to the spine, she would never have got up again.
“We eventually had to put the poor girl out of her suffering,” continued Parker who runs a website dedicated to sharing information about horses.
“In the meantime we managed to quietly corral the foal away, into my friend’s yard where we shut him in with a good supply of water and hay. But the situation is absolutely horrendous,” she added.
Now Parker, who has lived in Spain for 13 years and owned horses all her life, is calling on the authorities to bring the three men to justice.
“It is beyond time that people were made an example of. What they did is absolutely barbaric.
“I am in contact with the town hall who will hopefully go forward and prosecute those responsible.”