Shocking video shows moment runaway military horses gallop headfirst into car

Shocking footage shows the moment escaped military horses on the loose ran headfirst into a car. The footage - caught on Pimlico’s Lupus Street - shows a horse on the loose galloping straight into an oncoming car.

A second manages to avoid traffic and continues galloping down the street. The driver was left unharmed and the horses continued their Zone 1 rampage.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment were carrying out a routine exercise with five soldiers and six horses on Monday morning (July 1), when a non-ridden horse got spooked by a London bus and made off. Two other horses shook off their riders and escaped too.

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The two escaped horses on Lupus Street
The two escaped horses on Lupus Street -Credit:PA

They galloped from Seville Street to South Eaton Place, where one horse was recovered. The two others continued to Vauxhall Bridge via Belgrave Road and were then apprehended.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed all were collected and returned to Hyde Park Barracks by 9.55am. None of the three horses were involved in the previous bolting incident from April 24, the Ministry also said.

An Army spokesperson said: “We can confirm that whilst exercising this morning, three horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment became loose from their riders. They were swiftly and safely recovered. One horse received minor injuries, but no further treatment is required and there were no injuries to the soldiers involved.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “We’re aware that a number of horses were loose in central London and worked with the Army to locate them. We’re pleased to confirm that all of the horses have been accounted for. We are continuing to liaise with the Army.”

In April, service personnel were thrown from their horses when they bolted after being spooked by rubble being dropped through a plastic tunnel while on an exercise in Belgravia. The five horses smashed into vehicles, including a double-decker bus, and caused a number of injuries.

Ambulance crews treated four people in three separate incidents in Buckingham Palace Road, Belgrave Square and at the junction of Chancery Lane and Fleet Street, in the space of 10 minutes. Three of the horses injured – Trojan, Tennyson and Vanquish – were back on duty “against all expectations” and featured in the King’s Birthday Parade on June 15.

The remaining two injured horses – Vida and Quaker – were said to be “enjoying a summer holiday” in the country but would return to work in due course. As of June, three of the five riders who suffered injuries in the incident had recovered and were back on duty, while the other two were progressing in their recovery.

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