Military horses ran loose through the streets of London once again

On June 8, 2024, three military horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London escaped their riders and ran through central London. This is the second such incident in less than three months. The lead horse was initially spooked by a London bus during a routine exercise, causing two riders to fall off. The three free horses then sprinted away together, narrowly missing a car and causing a commotion in the busy streets.

Authorities were able to recover one horse on Seville Street, while the other two continued to South Eaton Place and then to Vauxhall Bridge before being stopped. All the horses were back at Hyde Park Barracks by 9:55 a.m. local time, with one horse sustaining minor injuries but no further treatment being necessary, and no injuries to the soldiers involved.

This incident mirrors a similar event in late April, when five military horses got spooked by construction noises, unseated their riders, and charged through central London during morning rush hour. These horses, however, were not involved in Monday’s incident. The ordeal in April caused six-mile of destruction, knocking down at least one person and injuring four humans across three separate incidents.

Following the April incident, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals UK suggested that animals should not be considered military equipment and that it was time for the Ministry of Defence to retire the use of animals in such situations. They reiterated this call after Monday’s incident, stating that horses do not belong on busy streets.

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