One of the 21 ceremonial horses set loose from a military base in Melton has had to be put down as a result of the injuries he suffered.
The animals, of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, which provide the daily Queen’s Life Guard, bolted, terrified after locks on gates at the Melton base were snapped.
The horses were released from the RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment, in Asfordby Road, Melton, formerly known as the Defence Animal Centre, at about 11.15pm on Friday, August 4.
Local people helped round up the frightened animals, some of which had run six miles.
Several of the horses were injured after being involved in collisions with cars.
Today the base released a statement saying one of the horses, Paddy, which was still in training, developed complications secondary to the injuries he received on the night and had to be euthanised on Monday.
All the other military horses are said to be making a steady recovery at the base.
The statement said:
“Despite receiving the best veterinary care from MOD and Nottingham University veterinary clinicians, the severe bruising and inflammation in Paddy‘s hind feet developed into irreversible laminitis.
“This condition, which is extremely painful, involves the bond between hoof wall and underlying soft tissues separating and the bone of the foot sinking through the sole of the hoof.
“Paddy had been receiving 24-hour care since the incident from the Army‘s veterinary and farriery team, but nothing could be done to reverse his condition and it was decided that he should be spared further suffering by putting him to sleep.”
All the horses who galloped along the tarmac roads have suffered from sore feet to varying degrees.
One of the horses also has a deep chest wound and another has a laceration to one of his hind legs.