The two Household Cavalry horses who were seriously injured after running loose through London last week (Wednesday 24 April) are making positive progress.

This evening (Monday 29 April) the Army shared an update on Vida and Quaker’s progress and thanked the public for their continued support.

Both horses underwent surgery the evening after the incident and were being ‘closely observed’ following their operations.

“Quaker, a Cavalry black, has shown significant improvement and progresses towards what is expected to be a full recovery,” they said.

“The other horse, Vida, a grey, continues to make progress. He remains under close and careful professional veterinary observation as his wounds heal.”

They confirmed previous reports that their soldiers would make full recoveries, and while two are still undergoing treatment in hospital, the remainder have returned to work.

“We are so thankful for everyone’s concern and expressions of support, and for all those involved in their care,” they added.

“Healing takes time – please be patient as we support that process. The soldiers and horses are all receiving the very best of care.”

The horses were spooked while on an extended exercise ahead of a Major General’s Inspection, which was due to take place the following day in Hyde Park. The group included six soldiers and seven horses.

They were reportedly spooked by noise from building works. Four soldiers fell off and their horses ran loose, colliding with several vehicles before they were eventually captured.

While Vida and Quaker were seriously injured, the other horses were “fine” and are expected to return to duty.

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