The stallion – which apparently was valued at £8 million – was allegedly seen engaging in intercourse with another male animal twice before being “rapidly taken away and isolated” by police.
It was further claimed that the horse’s death warrant had been endorsed by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice – and that an official signed the document in front of television cameras.
The report alleged: “This was meant to send a clear message that homosexuality, under any form, would not be tolerated in the kingdom.”
It sparked an immediate outpouring of support from animal lovers in the US and France who offered to buy the horse.
The incident sparked an immediate outpouring of support from animal lovers across the globe
But officials reportedly denied the story, which emerged on what appeared to be a spoof website.
The original article quoted a so-called official who apparently said: “We have to protect the kingdom from this infection by every possible means at our disposition, and this also means protecting our animals.
“We will make any sacrifice necessary to protect the purity of the holy land.”
Saudi Arabian Twitter users were furious at the claims, with one writing: “This is a far-fetched claim that cannot go far.”
Another said of the allegations: “They are so ridiculously futile, so absurdly frivolous that they should not be dignified with a comment. Even if they are meant as a joke, it is in bad taste.”
It is illegal to be gay in Saudi Arabia and those who break the law face floggings, chemical castration and the death penalty.