Watch as saboteur is knocked to ground by huntsman as his horse jumps metal gate
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A video shows the moment a horse almost lands on a hunt saboteur as it clears a metal gate.
In the footage, a hunt saboteur narrowly avoids serious injury as the horse jumps the gate, which still has a person sitting on it.
The saboteurs had been asked to move by the horseman before the incident so that he could jump over the gate into the next field.
Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs shared the footage on Twitter and said the matter had been referred to Leicestershire police.
Hunt saboteurs aim to disrupt hunts, which they believe are abusive to animals, by getting in the way of huntsman and protesting.
The huntsman can be heard in the video asking the saboteurs to move before he jumps the gate
The grey horse narrowly avoids landing on the sab as it leaps over the metal gate. It’s not the first time the Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs have clashed with the Cottesmore Hunt
A hunt saboteur – or sab – can be seen sat blocking a gate in a hedge as horsemen from the Cottesmore Hunt approach.
Another is stood on the other side of the gate to the large grey horse.
The horsemen ask the saboteurs to move as they want to jump over the fence to enter the field.
The huntsman, who is dressed in traditional bright-red garb, can be heard saying: ‘Please come out of the way so we can jump it. I am going to jump it. You’ll have to come out of the way.’
The hunt saboteur – or sab – can be seen sat blocking a gate in a hedge as horsemen from the Cottesmore Hunt approach to jump over it
The horse collides with the man, who was standing on the other side of the gate, and both narrowly avoid serious injury
The saboteur is knocked to the ground by the horse as it jumps over the metal gate. Another sab is left sitting on the metal gate
The horse clears the gate and continues cantering across the field, followed by the dogs being used by the hunt
When the sab doesn’t move, the horse runs up and jumps the gate, narrowly avoiding landing on the man and knocking him to the ground.
The horse takes a few wobbly steps but rights itself and doesn’t look to have any injury after the encounter.
The dogs running alongside the horse also clear the metal gate and follow as the huntsman rides away.
The saboteurs can be heard shouting after the horseman.
‘I was walking away, you stupid a******e. F*****g hell.’
It’s not the first time the Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs have clashed with the Cottesmore Hunt.
Shocking footage from October 2022 shows a woman in her mid-forties being dramatically knocked to the ground by a car driven by a hunt supporter.
She sustained no life-threatening injuries and a woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted wounding with intent.
MailOnline contacted the Cottesmore Hunt and Hertfordshire Hunt Saboteurs for comment.
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