A man accused of having sex with a Shetland pony was not carrying deodorant with him to cover up the ‘horsey smell,’ a court heard.
Alan Barnfield, aged 44, had four cans of deodorant in his bag when police spoke to him at the scene of the alleged attack in a field in South Yorkshire.
But Barnfield, who was ‘sweating profusely and smelled strongly of horses’, said he carried the Lynx because of a sweat problem.
He told a jury at Sheffield Crown Court: “I work in a deodorant factory so I can get cheap deodorant.
“Because of the medication I take, it makes me sweat quite a lot. I have been out sometimes and it’s literally been dripping off my arms.”
Barnfield, of Hexthorpe Lane, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, was spoken to by police at Oak Tree Stables on Rakes Lane, Loversall, at around 12.30am on August 8, 2012.
Residents had called the officers because they thought he was going to steal two ponies.
They searched his bag and, along with the deodorant, found a number of other items including a dog lead.
When asked if the dog lead was used to take the horses to a secluded area, Barnfield said: “It’s a cheap dog lead. It cost £1 from a pound shop. It’s not that strong.”
Barnfield denies intercourse with a Shetland pony called Sky and committing an act of outrageous public indecency.
He said he was out for a walk on the night of the alleged attack, as he suffers from tinnitus and the quiet soothes his symptoms.
Barnfield told the court horse DNA was found on his penis because he had been to the toilet after stroking the horses.
Prosecutor Louise Reevell said: “I suggest to you that you are a man who enjoys looking at images of intercourse between animals and humans.
“I suggest that what you were really doing that night was going out to have a go yourself.
“That’s why there was horse DNA on your penis. You had sex with a horse.”
The trial continues.