A LLANGEFNI family was shocked and saddened after “cruel” intruders who attacked their terrified pony.
Sera Morris Hughes’ husband Geraint discovered that someone had cut off part of ten year old Spike’s tail at her parents’ home in Cerrigceinwen near Bodorgan.
Sera said: “We were absolutely gutted - why would anyone do something like this to an innocent animal?
“He’s so gentle and you couldn’t ask for a better horse with children.”
Sera’s son Oshian, aged 10, started showing Spike competitively in May, and it will take a year for Spike’s tail to return to competition condition.
Sera added: “Since this has happened Spike hasn’t been the same - he’s getting back to his old self, but he’s been terribly disturbed.”
She added that Oshian, his brother Dion, aged six and eight year old sister Llio were upset by the attack.
Spike sustained a few minor cuts, he has showed signs of fear and trauma after the incident.
Sera said: “I can’t believe there are people who would do this - there’s no excuse for it.
“Spike’s suffering with this - we took him for a walk and flies were sticking to him; he tried to brush them off but he didn’t have enough tail.”
RSPCA inspector Andy Broadbent said that, although it does not necessarily hurt a horse to have their mane or tail cut, there is the potential for injury depending on the method used.
He added: “Whether a malicious act or what some may think of as a 'funny joke', the perpetrator/s should realise that they have badly scared the pony.”
Inspector Broadbent added : “Why anyone would want to do this to an innocent pony is beyond me and we urge anyone with knowledge of the culprit/s to come forward."
Anyone who witnessed the attack, which happened between June 20 and 21, should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.