Arsonists nearly burn pregnant pony alive

Daily Echo: Charlotte Meader with her horse Moomin who escaped from the burning stable Charlotte Meader with her horse Moomin who escaped from the burning stable

A HUNT has been launched for arsonists who started a spate of blazes in the Hampshire countryside.

A pregnant pony almost burned to death when newly-built stables were set alight.

The 11-year-old mare called Moomin was trapped in her stall after the culprits started a ferocious blaze that reduced the wooden structure to a charred ruin.

But the terrified animal managed to escape the inferno by clambering over the bottom half of her stable door as the flames took hold.

Later that evening the arsonists entered another field a few miles away, torched a caravan being used for storage and tried to set fire to another new stable block.

Now the owner of both buildings, Danny Cooper, is offering a £5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the culprits.

Mr Cooper, 67, of Totton, described the arsonists as “scum” and said he had no idea why they would target his property.

He added: “I haven’t done anyone any harm. If someone feels they’ve got a grievance they should come and see me, not set fire to stables with horses inside.”

The first fire occurred in a field at Newbridge, near Cadnam, just before 9pm on Sunday.

Moomin is owned by Charlotte Meader, 27, of Romsey, who was at home when she received a telephone call saying the stable was ablaze.

She said: “I drove down there thinking my pony was dead but arrived to find that she’d managed to get out.

“She must have reared up, put her front legs on the top of the stable door and dragged herself over. It’s amazing she’s still alive.”

Firefighters from Totton and Lyndhurst were quickly on the scene but were unable to prevent the stable burning to the ground.

Now Charlotte is waiting to discover if Moomin and her unborn foal are all right.

“I’m horrified that anyone would even think of setting fire to a stable with an animal inside.

“She’s an innocent pony and nothing to do with anyone else,” she said.

The second fire occurred at Mr Cooper’s other field in Salisbury Road, Wellow.

The arsonists torched a caravan and tried to destroy a neighbouring stable block but were disturbed by Mr Cooper’s son-in-law, Kevin Muddiman, who doused the flames with water from a trough.

The stables, which were empty, were left scorched but otherwise undamaged.

Mr Cooper added: “What kind of people are they? There could have been a night watchman in that caravan.”

Police are investigating both blazes.

A spokesman said anyone who witnessed the fires, or had any information relating to the incidents, should ring Totton police station on 101.

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8:00am Fri 6 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Find these people and put them inside a burning building... hopefully they won't get out and go to hell.
Find these people and put them inside a burning building... hopefully they won't get out and go to hell. Norwegian Saint

8:05am Fri 6 Dec 13

jen1 says...

I hope these people are found quickly, named and shamed and then punished severely
I hope these people are found quickly, named and shamed and then punished severely jen1

8:14am Fri 6 Dec 13

Dchadder says...

I am assuming the sick culprit is a motorist and not a cyclist on a sporting ride in the New Forest. We know which are the most dangerous vehicles don't we? Hoping for a full recovery for the innocent horse.
I am assuming the sick culprit is a motorist and not a cyclist on a sporting ride in the New Forest. We know which are the most dangerous vehicles don't we? Hoping for a full recovery for the innocent horse. Dchadder

9:22am Fri 6 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Dchadder wrote:
I am assuming the sick culprit is a motorist and not a cyclist on a sporting ride in the New Forest. We know which are the most dangerous vehicles don't we? Hoping for a full recovery for the innocent horse.
How on earth can you bring the cycling/car driver dispute into this sad story?
Most pathetic quote of the week... if not month... no, forget that... year... in fact probably the most stupid quote ever on the news site!
[quote][p][bold]Dchadder[/bold] wrote: I am assuming the sick culprit is a motorist and not a cyclist on a sporting ride in the New Forest. We know which are the most dangerous vehicles don't we? Hoping for a full recovery for the innocent horse.[/p][/quote]How on earth can you bring the cycling/car driver dispute into this sad story? Most pathetic quote of the week... if not month... no, forget that... year... in fact probably the most stupid quote ever on the news site! Norwegian Saint

9:28am Fri 6 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Meanwhile, back onto the main story, I hope people come together and give the horse a nice stable to rest in, she looks so sad in that picture.
Seriously, please catch these disgusting arsonists! Kids or not they deserve the strongest possible punishment. If somebody knows anything please tell the police, this can not happen again.
Meanwhile, back onto the main story, I hope people come together and give the horse a nice stable to rest in, she looks so sad in that picture. Seriously, please catch these disgusting arsonists! Kids or not they deserve the strongest possible punishment. If somebody knows anything please tell the police, this can not happen again. Norwegian Saint

9:34am Fri 6 Dec 13

country bird says...

Absolutely disgusting. Whoever they are, should be put in prison.
Theyre behaviour is an absolute disgrace.
We should all be rallying around to help them find stables for the winter, especially in her condition.
Any farmers who have a stable they can offer, pls come forward and do your bit.
xxx
I will look out for you on FB if thats ok?
Absolutely disgusting. Whoever they are, should be put in prison. Theyre behaviour is an absolute disgrace. We should all be rallying around to help them find stables for the winter, especially in her condition. Any farmers who have a stable they can offer, pls come forward and do your bit. xxx I will look out for you on FB if thats ok? country bird

9:43am Fri 6 Dec 13

country bird says...

any builders or farmers out there, who are willing to donate or help out with their time or supplies, to this lady with her pregnant pony would be such a wonderful act of kindness especially in this ponies condition and as its winter etc???

I do not know them at all, I just feel very touched by them and this horrific story.

Come on pls people, dig deep.....
x
any builders or farmers out there, who are willing to donate or help out with their time or supplies, to this lady with her pregnant pony would be such a wonderful act of kindness especially in this ponies condition and as its winter etc??? I do not know them at all, I just feel very touched by them and this horrific story. Come on pls people, dig deep..... x country bird

12:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

J.P.M... says...

nice photo Echo - shame you couldn't get the horse to pull a sad face or cross its arms (well I suppose legs)
nice photo Echo - shame you couldn't get the horse to pull a sad face or cross its arms (well I suppose legs) J.P.M...

12:44pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Hustler123 says...

country bird wrote:
any builders or farmers out there, who are willing to donate or help out with their time or supplies, to this lady with her pregnant pony would be such a wonderful act of kindness especially in this ponies condition and as its winter etc???

I do not know them at all, I just feel very touched by them and this horrific story.

Come on pls people, dig deep.....
x
I'm delighted the poor animal is still alive. No builder or farmer I, but I'm willing to donate a few £££s. Perhaps something could be started on the JustGiving website or similar.
[quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: any builders or farmers out there, who are willing to donate or help out with their time or supplies, to this lady with her pregnant pony would be such a wonderful act of kindness especially in this ponies condition and as its winter etc??? I do not know them at all, I just feel very touched by them and this horrific story. Come on pls people, dig deep..... x[/p][/quote]I'm delighted the poor animal is still alive. No builder or farmer I, but I'm willing to donate a few £££s. Perhaps something could be started on the JustGiving website or similar. Hustler123

3:21pm Fri 6 Dec 13

country bird says...

JPM .... disrespectful and no need.

Hustler, what a good idea, will put thinking cap on...
JPM .... disrespectful and no need. Hustler, what a good idea, will put thinking cap on... country bird

5:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

befriendly says...

As a horse lover I'm totally disgusted that anyone could set fire to a box containing a horse, but given the distance between the two events I do think it is grudge related by someone who knows the family have the two fields so many miles apart. If he can find a box or the wood required I'll volunteer to help erect it.
As a horse lover I'm totally disgusted that anyone could set fire to a box containing a horse, but given the distance between the two events I do think it is grudge related by someone who knows the family have the two fields so many miles apart. If he can find a box or the wood required I'll volunteer to help erect it. befriendly

6:31pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Someone_New says...

Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition.

Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?
Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition. Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please? Someone_New

7:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

sotonandproud says...

the man concerned is a travelling man and maybe just maybe the fires might give him permission to now stay in one of the fields just a thought
the man concerned is a travelling man and maybe just maybe the fires might give him permission to now stay in one of the fields just a thought sotonandproud

10:41pm Fri 6 Dec 13

country bird says...

sotonandproud wrote:
the man concerned is a travelling man and maybe just maybe the fires might give him permission to now stay in one of the fields just a thought
What man?
Can you tell us more as not understanding the whole story obv more info needed.
[quote][p][bold]sotonandproud[/bold] wrote: the man concerned is a travelling man and maybe just maybe the fires might give him permission to now stay in one of the fields just a thought[/p][/quote]What man? Can you tell us more as not understanding the whole story obv more info needed. country bird

11:46pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Leeathome says...

Sotonandproud is right, cooper is a traveller in the area, for someone to target two properties of his on two different locations he must have **** someone off!
Sotonandproud is right, cooper is a traveller in the area, for someone to target two properties of his on two different locations he must have **** someone off! Leeathome

11:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Leeathome says...

Although I don't know what you mean about now having permission to stay in the field as the family have been settled in totton for a while
Although I don't know what you mean about now having permission to stay in the field as the family have been settled in totton for a while Leeathome

12:14am Sat 7 Dec 13

From the sidelines says...

Barbecued horse meat. Mmmm. Delicious.
Barbecued horse meat. Mmmm. Delicious. From the sidelines

8:03am Sat 7 Dec 13

Zexagon says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Barbecued horse meat. Mmmm. Delicious.
Said from the sidelines ,aged 6
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: Barbecued horse meat. Mmmm. Delicious.[/p][/quote]Said from the sidelines ,aged 6 Zexagon

8:03am Sat 7 Dec 13

Hustler123 says...

Someone_New wrote:
Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition. Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?
A tad presumptuous, but fair enough.
[quote][p][bold]Someone_New[/bold] wrote: Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition. Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?[/p][/quote]A tad presumptuous, but fair enough. Hustler123

11:31am Sat 7 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Someone_New wrote:
Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition.

Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?
I am yet to see a horse build it's own stable!
[quote][p][bold]Someone_New[/bold] wrote: Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition. Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?[/p][/quote]I am yet to see a horse build it's own stable! Norwegian Saint

1:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

gilbertratchet says...

befriendly wrote:
As a horse lover I'm totally disgusted that anyone could set fire to a box containing a horse, but given the distance between the two events I do think it is grudge related by someone who knows the family have the two fields so many miles apart. If he can find a box or the wood required I'll volunteer to help erect it.
As someone who isn't a horse lover, I'm also disgusted, You don't get exclusive rights to being disgusted just because you're a "horse lover".
[quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: As a horse lover I'm totally disgusted that anyone could set fire to a box containing a horse, but given the distance between the two events I do think it is grudge related by someone who knows the family have the two fields so many miles apart. If he can find a box or the wood required I'll volunteer to help erect it.[/p][/quote]As someone who isn't a horse lover, I'm also disgusted, You don't get exclusive rights to being disgusted just because you're a "horse lover". gilbertratchet

1:01pm Tue 10 Dec 13

LadySam says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Someone_New wrote:
Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition.

Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?
I am yet to see a horse build it's own stable!
Animals or people being burnt alive by thick idiots with no brain cells is terrible. I wouldn't say one is any less serious than the other - the people who did this need catching. That said, I feel this chap must have upset someone to be made a target in this way.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Someone_New[/bold] wrote: Terrible crime, but I have no doubt that if there was a story on arsonists setting fire to a house and people nearly being burnt alive then there would be no campaign by those commenting to donate money and start a facebook petition. Why is a pony's life worth more than a human's life, please?[/p][/quote]I am yet to see a horse build it's own stable![/p][/quote]Animals or people being burnt alive by thick idiots with no brain cells is terrible. I wouldn't say one is any less serious than the other - the people who did this need catching. That said, I feel this chap must have upset someone to be made a target in this way. LadySam

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