Six people in hospital after army horses bolt during routine ride

A number of the horses bolted causing their riders to fall to the ground (Image: MyLondon WS)

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There was panic on the streets of London this morning as army horses broke free during a routine ride, with six people rushed to hospital.

The King's Troop horses, which are stationed at Woolwich Barracks, were out on a run when a number of the horses bolted causing their riders to fall to the ground.

According to MyLondon reports suggested a car behind the troop beeped its horn which frightened the horses and made them scatter.

There were reports of the animals being seen all over Charlton after the incident on Charlton Road, South East London, with some making it as far as Charlton Park, more than a mile away.

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There were reports and sightings of the horses more than a mile away
(Image: MyLondon WS)

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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the riders were among those injured and the horses that escaped have all since been recovered.

They are currently being assessed by the army vet.

Lucy Harrington, a local resident, said she saw the horses running freely past her house.

She said: "I first saw about 10 to 15 horses running freely down Charlton Road towards Charlton Park with a few riders chasing after them.

"A few then ran down Marlborough Lane, there was riders walking up and down trying to find them.

"Then the rest of the line went down the road and even them horses were very stressed and just about being held on to by the riders."

The King’s Troop perform ceremonial duties at state occasions and regularly exercise in Charlton and the surrounding area.

A general view of a sign outside Woolwich Royal Artillery Barracks
(Image: Getty Images)

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 9.56am this morning to reports of persons injured on Charlton Road, Blackheath.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, medics in response cars, an incident response officer and our hazardous area response team (HART). We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance.

“We treated six people at the scene and took them all to hospital."

An Army spokesperson said: “We can confirm a number of military personnel and horses from the King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery were injured whilst training this morning.

“The injured personnel are receiving medical treatment and the horses are being assessed. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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