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Army provides update on horses that were injured bolting through London

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Army provides update on horses that were injured bolting through London

Two horses seriously injured as they bolted through central London last week are making progress following surgery, the British Army has said.

Posting on X, the army said: “Quaker, a Cavalry black has shown significant improvement and progresses towards what is expected to be a full recovery.”

The grey horse, Vida, seen galloping through the streets covered in blood, “continues to make progress”.

The statement continued: “He remains under close and careful professional veterinary observation as his wounds heal.”

Two horses on the loose bolt through the streets of London near Aldwych.
Pic PA

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Vida, the grey horse, was seen covered in blood. Pic PA

The Household Cavalry said the animals – which were taking part in what the army called a “routine exercise” in Belgravia on Wednesday – were said to have been spooked by builders dropping rubble from a height “right next to them”.

Five horses bolted, throwing off four riders and careering through the capital’s busy streets – colliding with vehicles, including one smashing into a double-decker bus.

A previous update said one of the horses was being treated in an equine hospital and the other was being cared for at the Household Cavalry barracks.

Two soldiers remain in hospital after being launched from the horses but “will make a full recovery”, the army also said.

A map of where the horses travelled

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A map of where the horses travelled

The remaining members have returned to work.

The army thanked everyone for their concern, adding: “Healing takes time – please be patient as we support that process.

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

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The Household Cavalry – made up of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals – carries out ceremonial duties around Buckingham Palace.

Some 150 of its horses are exercised on London’s parks and roads every morning to get them used to the noises and distractions of the city in preparation for parades.

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