Poor horses must be terrified 😦
Appleby Horse Fair takes place every June and attracts some 30,000 visitors who come to see horses being paraded, raced and bathed, and to get a taste of what they think is a Romany tradition that supposedly dates back to 1685.
The reality of this event is quite different. This video shows the cruel incidents filmed by Animal Aid at the 2009 fair
The Fair made national news in 2007 when one of the horses was drowned in the River Eden – many of the riders seem to regard it as a macho challenge to completely submerge their horse under water. The river, whilst shallow at one side, has a steep ledge about half way across and horses easily lose their footing.
There is now a petition to stop the fair: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/appleby-horse-fairban-britains-festival-of-animal-abuse/ Follow my videos on vodpod