SICKENING footage has emerged of a cruel pony owner whipping a defenceless animal in a supermarket car park.
The callous owner is seen repeatedly hitting the pony, called Pebbles, with a pole in front of horrified shoppers.
A court heard that John Reid, 31, from Morecambe, Lancashire, inflicted "fear and pain" while striking Pebbles at least 15 times with a blue plastic pole.
Every time he landed a blow on the yearling filly pony, Reid yelled: "It's gotta learn”.
The distressed animal is seen bridling in terror as it's hit while a child is heard screaming in the background .
Stunned bystanders said Reid struck Pebbles viciously every few seconds for several minutes in the busy supermarket car park in Westgate, Morecambe.
A concerned passer-by filmed the horrifying video on October 10.
Reid was banned from keeping animals for five years after pleading guilty to two animal welfare offences at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on November 3.
It comes days after primary school teacher Sarah Moulds sparked fury after being caught on camera appearing to slap and kick a horse.
Mrs Moulds, 37, is reportedly in fear for her life after getting death threats when footage emerged of her lashing out at the horse.
The RSPCA launched an investigation into Reid's treatment of Pebbles and found she was underweight with prominent shoulders and backbone and her ribs visible.
RSPCA Inspector Will Lamping said her stable was "deep" in faeces and ivy,which is poisonous to horses, was growing inside.
Reid’s actions caused Pebbles, pain, fear and both physical and psychological suffering
Pebbles was also seen chewing the wood of her stable which horses often do when they are not properly fed.
A vet's report submitted to the court, said: “The stable had no bedding in whatsoever.
"The floor was deep in wet and faeces, with a number of plastic bags also being present mixed into the faeces.
"This environment was completely unsuitable for a horse due to its unsanitary conditions.
“There was nowhere clean or dry for the horse to rest in comfort, or to protect it from the cold, hard stone floor”.
Pebbles was taken into possession by police and placed into the RSPCA's care.
Reid pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering by repeatedly beating his pony and to not meeting her needs.
He was handed a five-year ban on keeping animals and sentenced to 10 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.
By beating a pony in a way that causes fear and pain can ultimately affect how she learns and interacts with humans going forward
He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and £128 victim surcharge.
Inspector Lamping said: “Reid’s actions caused Pebbles, pain, fear and both physical and psychological suffering.
"She was very young and as a yearling she required teaching to educate her rather than being reprimanded in such a way.
"By beating a pony in a way that causes fear and pain can ultimately affect how she learns and interacts with humans going forward.”
Reid transferred ownership of Pebbles to the RSPCA who will continue her rehabilitation and find her a new home.
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