• Sir Mark Todd has apologised for his actions in a video circulating on social media wherein he hits a horse with a tree department.

    An occasion rider utilizing the social media identify chloet.eventing initially posted an edited clip on Tiktok and has since posted an extended video on Instagram.

    The video, mentioned to have been recorded throughout a coaching clinic in 2020, exhibits her horse refusing to leap a step down into water. Mark Todd hits the horse a number of occasions with a tree department in addition to verbally encouraging the horse and giving the rider directions. At the top of the video the horse jumps into the water and the onlookers cheer.

    Double Olympic eventing champion turned racehorse coach Mark mentioned in a press release: “I wholeheartedly apologise to the horse and all concerned for my actions on this video clip.

    “One of the principle issues I preach is about establishing a mutual respect between horse and rider and that persistence and kindness is one of the simplest ways to get outcomes.

    “I consider this is without doubt one of the predominant attributes together with an important empathy with animals that has enabled me to have an extended and profitable profession in eventing.

    “I am very disappointed in myself that I did not adhere to that in this case.”

    chloet.eventing mentioned in her Instagram submit she had obtained “negativity and insults and abuse” since her preliminary Tiktok submit, writing: “Since receiving backlash for the size of time since this clip was taken, for the sake of transparency, this was a clip from a coaching clinic in 2020.

    “Whether I have rightly or wrongly addressed a situation on social media is not relevant to the fact that a top level athlete excessively and repeatedly hit my horse with a tree branch. I personally am not comfortable with how my horse was treated and at the time I was a 21 year old girl who was not brave enough to speak up about my concerns. Now if you are the age I was and would confidently speak up against a famous top level athlete with no reservations without any support then I commend you because you are braver than I am.”

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