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A tape inside the toy plays agonising screams while the body thrashes around and smoke pours from his head - so he looks like he's being fried.
1 Eyes rolling in terror, the horse is dragged in river by thug; 2 The horse thrashes around in panic, churning up the water; 3 Owner is joined by rescuers who try to keep horse afloat; 4 Helpers pull dead horse to the bank; 5 The horse's body is left lying on the bank of the River Eden; HORRIFIED: Crowd watch
As Tony Blair thrashes around for a legacy to distract historians from the catastrophic blunder that is Iraq, he could do worse than peer across the Irish Sea.