Runaway Horses Blaze Through London

Five horses escaped handlers on Wednesday, wreaking havoc through the city and leaving a lot of unanswered questions in their wake.

“A number of military working horses became loose during routine exercise this morning,” a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence told NPR. “All of the horses have now been recovered and returned to camp.”

According to officials from within the ministry, seven horses and six riders from the Life Guards were conducting routine exercises when they passed a construction site, and the “sound of concrete hitting the ground” spooked the horses.

Five of the seven horses bolted, and three soldiers were taken to the hospital immediately with non-life-threatening injuries.

This statement was released by London Police via X, formerly Twitter.

The horses were loose for close to two hours, with NPR reporting British news offices were “flooded” with videos of the horses, one with bright red liquid covering its front end.

It’s unknown whether this liquid was paint or blood, though one bystander reported a horse smashing into a parked Mercedes, and another reported a horse hitting a double-decker bus. Photos of a broken windshield were shown as evidence.

In total, four people were injured and all horses were captured, but their condition has not been revealed by authorities.

Go riding.

Amanda Uechi Ronan is an author, equestrian, and wannabe race car driver. Follow her on Instagram @amanda_uechi_ronan.