Horse injured in suspected attack

Jane Reeves at Manny Stables in Blyth where her horse Dream was attacked and badly cut by intruders.
Jane Reeves at Manny Stables in Blyth where her horse Dream was attacked and badly cut by intruders.

A YOUNG horse has been left fighting for its life after suffering a serious injury.

Dream, a three-year-old Palamino, was in a field at Manny Stables in Laverock Hall Road in Newsham, Blyth, when her owner believes she was hit with a blunt instrument sometime between late Sunday, June 12, and the early hours of Monday, June 13.

Owner Jill Sharpless has been left heart-broken over the attack, and has been at the horse’s side ever since she was discovered hurt.

Her twin sister Jayne Reeves, who also has a horse in the stables, said: “Jill found her at around 9am on Monday morning and there was blood everywhere.

“She was hysterical.

“I arrived as soon as possible and when I saw the extent of the damage I just froze. It was horrendous.”

A vet was called straight away and said she could not rule out the injury being caused by a heavy impact, like a shovel.

Jayne added: “Horses have been part of our lives for over 30 years and I have never seen anything like it.

“There was muscle hanging out, it looked like an orange had exploded.

“This has ruined Dreams’ career, Jill has only had her two years and was just about to start taking her to shows.

“She wanted to take her out and show her off, but if she does pull through this she is going to have a big ugly scar there for the rest of her life.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them in Blyth on 03456 043043 ext 69191.