Runaway military horses still under full-time vet care

horses running  in London
The horses ran wild after being spooked by rubble falling at a building site [PA Media]

Two military horses seen galloping through the streets of London last month remain under full-time professional vet care, it is understood.

Quaker, a Cavalry black, and a grey called Vida bolted off after being spooked by builders moving rubble.

They were on an exercise with five other horses and six soldiers from the Household Cavalry in Belgravia when it happened on 24 April.

Of the other horses that bolted, two are back on duty and three are recuperating in fields, the PA news agency understands.

The drama began near Buckingham Palace Road where witnesses saw a serviceman thrown from his horse and one of the loose animals crashed into a taxi waiting outside the Clermont Hotel, shattering windows.

Two horses were then seen running in the road near Aldwych, one of which appeared to be covered in blood, which the Army said was “consistent with lacerations”.

The animals were later seen near the Limehouse Tunnel before they were recaptured by City of London Police and taken away to be assessed by Army vets.

None of the horses involved in the rampage will be taking part in the King’s Birthday Parade – Trooping the Colour – on 15 June.

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