A rider who repeatedly whipped and “violently” kicked his horse until the animal collapsed with a broken leg has been suspended for 30 months.
A protest was lodged with the FEI over the way the UAE’s Khalid Jumaa Salem Al Khatri rode Castlebar Nato in a CEI1* endurance ride in Abu Dhabi last December.
The FEI Tribunal found Al Khatri guilty of horse abuse.
The Tribunal ruled that Al Khatri had repeatedly whipped the 12-year-old gelding with his reins, as he realised he was about to be overtaken. Under FEI endurance rules no item of tack or equipment is allowed to be used as a whip.
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Article written by: Eleanor Jones