A startled horse collapsed in the street during this morning’s New Year’s Day Parade in London.
The horse, which was pulling a carriage down Waterloo Place, apparently reared up before falling onto the ground.
According to one witness, Fran Perrow, there was a ‘very slow response to help it’.
‘Stressed by crowd and marching bands,’ Perrow tweeted. ‘Horse reared up, got legs caught in harness.’
She also claimed that the horse was down for five minutes before being taken out of the parade.
Photos show the distressed horse lying on the ground as the carriage drivers attempt to help it up.
Thousands of people lined the streets of London to see around 8,000 performers take part in the New Year’s celebration.
Dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders and marching bands all took part in the colourful event – the 32nd of its kind in the capital.
Themed ‘showtime’, the parade featured giant balloons, cheerleaders, vintage cars, and had performers and floats from different London boroughs.
Metro.co.uk has contacted London’s New Year’s Day Parade for comment.
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