Army provides major update on horses injured after bolting through London

Army horses bolted in Central London after being spooked by construction work
Army horses bolted in Central London after being spooked by construction work -Credit:Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire

The two horses who were injured after bolting across London continue to make good progress, the British Army has confirmed. In an update on Monday, the British Army confirmed the horses, Quaker and Vida, were continuing to improve.

The horses stunned bystanders as they bolted across the capital on April 24, before being recaptured near Limehouse some five miles away from where the first ran, as reported by The Mirror.

The Army also confirmed two injured soldiers were still undergoing treatment in hospital, but were expected to make a full recovery. The remainder have since returned to work.

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In a post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Army said: "Two horses underwent surgery. One, Quaker, a Cavalry black, has shown significant improvement and progresses towards what is expected to be a full recovery.

"The other horse, Vida, a grey, continues to make progress. He remains under close and careful professional veterinary observation as his wounds heal. 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."

A group of seven horses and six soldiers from the Household Cavalry were undergoing an extended exercise in Belgravia when the animals were spooked by a noise coming from a building site. The horses were said to have thrown four service personnel onto the ground before bolting.

The terrified animals slammed into cars, a people carrier, a cab and a double-decker bus as they ran. Videos showed a police 4x4 with blue lights tailing them.

Both Quaker and Vida were operated on the night they were recaptured with one being taken back to the barracks and another to an equine hospital. All other horses were closely observed.