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A number of The Queen’s horses injured after they were chased out of their field onto road

As many as 21 of The Queen’s horses were chased out of their field leaving drivers fearing for their lives after the animals charged onto the roads.

Some of Her Majesty’s horses were hit by vehicles as they travelled as far as six miles away from the fields where they are based.

The horses, which belong to The Household Cavalry, were let out of their field in Melton Mowbray causing “absolute carnage” according to those at the scene.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the horses were reportedly seen being chased out of their field by three people on motorbikes who were beeping their horns and revving their engines.

Leicester Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident which lasted for over three hours.

Some drivers caught up in the incident took to social media, expressing that they were lucky to be alive following the stampede.

On Facebook, one woman wrote: “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.”

The Ministry of Defence said that all of the horses were all returned safely to their base.

A spokesperson 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.”

  • Ondřej Josef Kubáček

    No matter how I enjoy Royal Central articles, I think this article is very tabloid-ish. I feel sorry for the horses, of course, as a keen horseman. But after reading the headline I thought horses Her Majesty owns privately for her own pleasure were injured.

    It is a horrible incident and surely Her Majesty will be sad about horses being injured, but the editor-in-chief should change the headline which makes it sound super devastating personal tragedy for Her Majesty The Queen.

  • vegastearoom

    Hooligans or misguided animal rights extremists. Pitiful that they placed both horses and people at risk.

  • anon

    It always upsets me to see people who clearly do not interact with or understand horses doing things like this because they think it’s “funny”. Horses are very large animals – usually well over a thousand pounds; they are prey animals, which means they’re flighty and easily agitated; and they are fairly fragile – something like this can easily result in a serious injury that will necessitate the euthanasia of the animal as it cannot heal correctly even with the best care.

    Not only did this place motorists on the road at risk of vehicular damage, serious injury, and even death – much like when a deer comes through the windshield – it also placed the lives of the horses at risk, even if there hadn’t been any cars around. The horses have a right to have as long and healthy a life as possible, and frankly, their owner has a right to have undamaged property – each one of these animals is likely worth more than the annual salary of anyone reading this.

    If any of this is news to you, please keep it in mind in the future, and be respectful towards any horses you encounter while in a vehicle – both for your own sake and for the sake of the animal (and anyone riding or handling it). Don’t ever intentionally try to scare them, and if one is being ridden or led near the road pass it with a wide berth, slowly and quietly as possible.

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