Household Cavalry horses need 'patience to heal', Army says

A black horse runs ahead of a white horse with blood on its chest and legs
One horse, Vida, could be seen with blood on its chest and legs [PA Media]

Soldiers and Household Cavalry horses injured after seven of them bolted through central London are continuing to recover, the British Army has said.

The horses became spooked at the sound of falling rubble at a building site in Belgravia on 24 April, and fled through the city.

Some of the horses hit vehicles, including a double-decker bus, leaving at least one animal soaked in blood.

Two soldiers were in hospital and would completely recover, the Army said.

Two horses underwent surgery, with Quaker, a Cavalry black, showing "significant improvement" and progressing towards what is expected to be a full recovery.

Vida, a grey, continues to make progress "under close and careful" veterinary observation as his wounds heal.

A black horse seen trying to dodge a black taxi in London
The horses could be seen trying to dodge traffic as they ran through the streets [PA Media]

The statement from the Army, made via social media, said: "We are so thankful for everyone's concern and expressions of support, and for all those involved in their care.

"Healing takes time - please be patient as we support that process.

"The soldiers and horses are all receiving the very best of care."

The horses of the Household Cavalry are trained by the Army for several months and ridden on the streets of London to get them used to heavy traffic and loud noises, including gun salutes and military bands.

Those involved in last week's incident had been due to take part in the Major General's Inspection, which went ahead as planned on Thursday morning in Hyde Park.

Members of the Household Cavalry on parade during the Major General's annual inspection
The Major General's inspection took place as planned [PA Media]

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