Second pony is stabbed in the eye in west Wales

  • Another pony has been stabbed in the eye in Camarthenshire, three weeks after a prize-winning stallion was stabbed in the same area.

    The 30-year-old pony — called Phoenix — was attacked in his stable last night at a yard between Kidwelly and Trimsaran. The latest stabbing is just three-quarters of a mile away from where an 11.2hh palomino Welsh Section A stallion was attacked last month. And the owners are linking the two.

    Phoenix’s owner David Morgan told H&H: “We heard a noise at 2.30am this morning, there was quite a clutter. We looked out of the bedroom window and saw the pony in the yard — he has COPD so he has a restrainer across his doorway, not a door.”

    Mr Morgan said he and his wife, Rose, immediately called both their vet and the local police, after discovering the pony had been stabbed.

    Phoenix is a rescue pony and has been with the Morgans for three years. He is a companion for their two show hunters.

    “The show hunters were both in at the time, but they’re fairly big so whoever it was picked on the pony, instead,” said Mr Morgan.

    Their vet has confirmed the pony was stabbed with a sharp instrument in the corner of his eye. While Phoenix has lost his sight, the vet is assessing whether or not he can save the eye over the next few days.

    Rose Morgan told H&H that horse owners in the area are all very aware of the second stabbing.

    “We’ve had people ringing us up today that we don’t even know,” she said. “It’s heart breaking that anyone can do something like that — it’s absolutely sickening.”

    She said that despite the attack, Phoenix has remained calm and trusting with his owners.

    A spokesman for Dyfed Powys police confirmed they attended the incident at 2.56am today, at the same time as the vet.

    “The vet confirmed the pony had been injured in the eye,” said a spokesman, who added that it was unknown at present whether the two incidents are linked.

    On 8 June an 11-year-old champion M&M stallion called Caemoss Aubrey, was stabbed in the eye with a pair of scissors, also in Kidwelly. Owners Stan and Heather Strelley are offering a £1,000 reward for information.

    If you have any information about either attack, contact Kidwelly police on 0845 3302000

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