Complaint after shop horse ride


The SPCA has laid a complaint with the police against a man who rode his horse into the Jeffreys Bay SUPERSPAR in Da Gama Road on Sunday.

The SPCA described Rick Erasmus’s ride as attention-seeking.

Erasmus recently made headlines after the SPCA took him to task over the poor state of rescued horses at his horse ranch, Featherfoot Farm.

SPCA inspector Benjamin Sithole said the organisation did not want to compromise its case by giving too much information at this stage.

“This is someone who is seeking attention. I can confirm we have an animal cruelty case opened against him,” Sithole said.

“There is a pending case already against the man.”

It turned out, according to Erasmus, that the supermarket was their third stop, with the horse and rider already having spent some time at a nearby pub and then at a liquor store.

Erasmus said he was not aware of a case being opened against him related to Sunday’s events.

“I will state my matter when it goes to court. My lawyer is busy handling a separate case the SPCA brought against me,” he said.

Police spokesman Sergeant Majola Nkohli was also unable to provide details of the case.

Erasmus’s antics garnered mixed reaction on social media, with many accusing him of animal cruelty. Others felt the shopping trip was nothing more than a little lighthearted fun.

Eleanore Wilkie said: “[The] horse is petrified . . . can see white of eyes. No shoes on [the] horse and by the sound of it just being ridden into the ground around JBay. No water. Just a drunken, arrogant, cruel beast on his weary thin back.” Michelle McLean Peyper disagreed. “I was there – horse and rider were fine. Brought a lot of smiles to workers in SPAR,” she wrote.

3 thoughts on “Complaint after shop horse ride

  • February 27, 2017 at 10:21 am
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    It doesn’t surprise me in the least, that he did it. I know him quite well, and this is the sort of thing he would do. I do not think he meant any harm to the horse or the human race, or the shop, I think he merely wanted to give people something to smile about and to talk about. Life is so depressing. As for the horses that were found on his ranch. I cannot comment on their condition, as I don’t know anything about it, but I know he is very good with horses, he is considered a horse whisperer. I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.

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  • February 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm
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    i can not think how some one can risk it to take a horse on the slippery tiles. On the one turn you can even see how he lost his footing. Can just imagine the disaster it could have been if that horse fell, to slippery to get him up between all those selves . That horse is not relaxed at all if you look at his behavior . To some it might look like fun but to those who has enough knowledge about horses can see how dangerous it is and how stressed the horse is.

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  • February 14, 2017 at 7:42 am
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    I think that horse did extremely well and remained calm the whole time. Mark my words if that horse was even slightly jittery there would have been groceries etc. all over the place for sure! I do however agree it was a spot stupid to take the horse into the shop. Where the comment comes from that it had been ridden into the ground and no water is probably just to have a go at the guy

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