Horses that rampaged through London pictured together during ‘remarkable recovery’

The new photo released by the British Army shows Vida And Quaker enjoying a ‘summer holiday’ in the Chilterns (Picture: X/@BritishArmy/PA)

Two military horses who were injured after bolting through central London earlier this year have been pictured together for the first time since as they continue with their ‘remarkable’ recovery.

The new photo released by the British Army shows Vida And Quaker enjoying a ‘summer holiday’ in the Chilterns while they recuperate with the help of The Horse Trust.

Both are expected to make a full recovery.

They were among five horses which ran through the capital after being spooked by rubble dropped by workmen through a plastic tunnel during an exercise in Belgravia on April 24.

Three of them – Trojan, Tennyson, and Vanquish – are back on duty and ‘against all expectations’, are looking likely to take part in the King’s Birthday Parade on June 15.

The celebration, held on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, will be attended by the King after he returned to public-facing duties.

Several people were injured when Household Cavalry horses ran loose through central London (Picture: PA)

They were among five horses which ran through the capital after being spooked by rubble dropped by workmen (Picture: PA)

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Charles will inspect the soldiers from a carriage rather than on horseback, it is understood.

Three of the injured soldiers are back on duty and two are continuing to convalesce, but are also expected to make a full return to service.

Service personnel were thrown from their horses when the animals got loose. The 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.

Once Trojan, Tennyson, and Vanquish were well enough to travel after the incident, they were sent for respite at The Horse Trust until they were fit to return to London.

On the same day that Trojan, Tennyson, and Vanquish left the Chilterns to return to Hyde Park Barracks, Vida and Quaker – the two most severely injured horses – were pronounced fit to travel and arrived at The Horse Trust for their respite care, having been discharged from veterinary care in London, the Army said.

Vida and Quaker ‘made a remarkable physical recovery and showed great enthusiasm and joy upon their arrival at The Horse Trust, galloping into fresh pastures’.

Vida making progress during recovery after bolting through the streets of London in April (Picture: Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA)

Household Cavalry horse Vanquish during recovery (Picture: Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA)

Cavalry Grey Vida, who was seen covered in blood galloping through central London, ‘wasted no time in turning from white to brown as he rolled in the grass’.

‘The horses appeared bright and in good spirits, clearly displaying a close bond with each other and the soldiers who accompanied them,” the Army said.

‘The facility offers a serene environment for relaxation, ensuring each horse receives personalised and attentive care.’

The horses will remain with The Horse Trust for as long as they need before being assessed for their suitability to return to work.

Jeanette Allen, chief executive officer at The Horse Trust, said: ‘It has been a privilege to provide these wonderful horses with the space and time needed to fully recover.

‘It’s been so lovely to see Trojan, Tennyson and Vanquish enjoying such a relaxing break and now we have Vida and Quaker already loving their time here.

‘All five horses are much younger than our regular Service residents and seeing them running, rolling and generally having fun after such a challenging experience, is a real joy.’

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Lieutenant Colonel Mathew Woodward, Commanding Officer HCMR said: ‘All five of the horses injured during the incident are recovering with remarkable speed and it is very likely that Trojan, Tennyson and Vanquish will participate in the King’s Birthday Parade later this month.

‘The remaining two, Vida and Quaker, are enjoying a summer holiday in the Chilterns thanks to The Horse Trust.

‘They are expected to make a full recovery and we look forward to seeing them back on duty in due course.

‘Of the two most seriously injured soldiers, one is continuing his recovery at home and the other at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Stanford Hall.

‘They are both considered likely to return to military service in the fullness of time.’

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