WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT. A second horse at the same equestrian club where a little girl's pony died from horrific injuries has been shot with a bow and arrow.
On Wednesday afternoon, 20-year-old mare Pearly was found by her owner at Darwin's Fannie Bay Equestrian Club with two arrows embedded in her flank.
Despite vet's efforts to save her, the pony was put down several hours later.
Then on Friday, staff at the club found a six-inch crossbow injury on a second horse.
The puncture on gelding Hollywood Hitman's rump was not discovered until owner Coleen Davidge tried to ride him, NT News reported.
"It was discovered today that Hollywood Hitman an NT Champion Quarter Horse has a puncture wound in his flank," the club wrote on its Facebook page.
"Vet Suzanna Smith is confident the bolt was pushed out as Hollywood fled from the pain."
On Friday, NT Police said a 17-year-old male handed himself in to the Darwin Police Station in relation to the "incident involving animal cruelty in Fannie Bay".
"Upon completion of the interview, the youth was released,” a statement read.
“In line with the Youth Justice Act, he will be considered for youth diversion on weapons and animal cruelty charges.”
"The alleged weapon has since been seized by police."
Staff at the Fannie Bay Equestrian Club confirmed Pearly "crossed over the rainbow bridge" on Wednesday night.
The pony has been described as a "gentle, well loved point who has taught many children to ride".