Chaos erupted when 21 of the Queen’s horses escaped onto a road causing massive damage

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21 Horses that belong to the Queen’s household protection unit caused complete turmoil when they broke out of their field and ended up on a nearby road.



After their RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray, Leics they were released to rest in a field when they bolted.
In the road, there were 3 people with motorcycles hooting and revving behind them causing them to run even further.

Some were struck by cars as they ran down the road for more than 6 miles before all of them were ultimately caught by police with the help of the public and vets using their cars and trucks with horse boxes.

After their RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray, Leics they were released to rest in a field when they bolted.
In the road, there were 3 people with motorcycles hooting and revving behind them causing them to run even further.

Some were struck by cars as they ran down the road for more than 6 miles before all of them were ultimately caught by police with the help of the public and vets using their cars and trucks with horse boxes.

A lady in one of the vehicles told how the horses powered in direction of their car and thought that she and her mother might be killed.
She said in a Facebook post on the Melton Police page: ” Very lucky to be here to tell the tale as I honestly thought me and my mum would be killed.
After avoiding a head on with another vehicle to emergency stopping on the verge to then have 21 horses charging at you smashing the car as it passed with glass landing all over me while screaming at my mum to stay down trying to cover her while whipping her seat back. Such a horrific incident. I hope when the mindless people are caught they get the book thrown at them as this could have resulted in numerous fatalities.
Luckily for us were just shook up and aching from the collision although I have to add this has really upset my mum who is a very strong woman.”

“some of the horses were luckily stopped just before a dual carriageway”

The police are trying to get more info on what happened, although the Ministry of Defence claimed that all the horses have been returned safely.
Residents believe that its a wonder that no horse was killed in the whole ordeal, some of the horses were luckily stopped just before a dual carriageway, it would have been absolute chaos if they were to enter the carriageway.
One lady said that a vehicle was completely written off when it collided with a horse and the broken glass might have injured even more horses.

This all happened on Friday the 4th of August at around 11:15 pm, all the horses were subsequently returned to the stables at approximately 2:30 am.

This all happened on Friday the 4th of August at around 11:15 pm, all the horses were subsequently returned to the stables at approximately 2:30 am.

Horses of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment photographed at Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2016

In a statement, the MoD said: “We can confirm that a number of military horses were released from the Defence Animal Training Regiment fields late on August 4. All horses were subsequently returned to the stables and are making a good recovery. The Ministry of Defence is particularly grateful to members of the local community, the police and veterinary staff from Nottingham University, who helped to get the situation under control and the horses home so quickly.”

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Some of the horses were involved in minor collisions but no one from the vehicles has reported being injured. We understand the shock and anger the incident may have caused but we ask that people don’t speculate on social media. We would like to speak to anyone who may have been driving in the area and witnessed the incident or were involved in a collision with any of the horses and haven’t yet reported the incident to police to contact us. We’d also like to thank everyone who assisted officers in locating and securing the horses.”

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