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2 military horses in serious condition after running loose through London

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Two of the military horses that got loose and ran through central London on Wednesday are in “serious condition,” according to British officials.

The British Army on Thursday shared an update on social media, noting that the trio of Household Cavalry soldiers who had been thrown from their saddles “are expected to recover fully and to return to duty.”

“Of the seven horses which were spooked, five tried to bolt and four — Vida, Trojan, Quaker and Tennyson — broke loose,” the statement continued.

Two horses on the loose bolt through the streets of London near Aldwych, on Wednesday April 24, 2024. Several military horses bolted during routine exercises near King Charles III’s main residence in London on Wednesday and ran loose through the center of the city, injuring at least four people and colliding with vehicles during the morning rush hour. (Jordan Pettitt/PA via AP)

The Army added that two of the horses injured underwent operations Wednesday night, “with one transferred to an equine hospital,” adding that all are “being closely observed.”

“Our horses receive the highest standards of care, and those that did not undergo surgery are expected to return to duty in due course,” the British Army said. “We want to thank everyone who has shown such kindness and concern towards our soldiers and horses. We will provide more updates soon.”

The incident reportedly started when construction materials were dropped next to the animals as they were rehearsing for The King’s Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, which occurs every June and involves 200 horses and 1,400 military members.

The scared horses then bolted through the streets, running into a double-decker bus, a taxi and other vehicles, reported the BBC.

The BBC said that in addition to the soldiers’ non-life-threatening injuries, a civilian on a bicycle had also been hospitalized due to the incident.

“All of the horses have now been recovered and returned to camp,” an official told the outlet on Wednesday, noting that “a number of personnel and horses have been injured and are receiving the appropriate medical attention.”

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