Streets across the city have been transformed as part of the Colorful Crossings project, launched in solidarity with the LGBT community.
The Metropolitan Police posted a tweet yesterday It describes the importance of horses “getting used” to the colors of the rainbow.
The bright markings have caused some confused horses to stray in different directions during patrol.
The Met says special training where horses practice crossing colorful streets “would eliminate the risk to the public, to motorists, or to the stress on our horses.”
Police chiefs admitted the difficulty “was something we didn’t expect”.
The force tweeted: “Something we didn’t expect was some of the horses being spooked by the bright colors of the Colorful Crossings project and other road markings in central London.
“One misconception is that horses only see in black and white. They may not see color the way we do, but they are not “color blind”.
“Hence, the different shades and patterns of a colorful crossbreed could indicate an obstacle in the road, which could cause a horse to shy away from something that we, as humans, don’t see.”
One Twitter user questioned the cost of the training, writing: “How much is this training costing the taxpayer? And wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just paint them over in a color that the horses wouldn’t find disturbing?’
Some commented that the horses appeared to be undergoing ‘diversity training’.
Others raised concerns about road markings when dealing with people with guide dogs or those with visual impairments.
The traditional blank and white “stripe” design found on most roads provides high contrast differentiation, which is important for the visually impaired.
Light blue cycle path markings can also cause problems for some road users – both for two-legged and four-legged friends.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told the Telegraph that “contrary to some speculation online, we have not sent our horses to diversity training.”
They continued: “A ‘frightened’ horse can endanger road users and riders and we found that some of the new markings on London’s streets – like blue cycle lanes or other colorful symbols like rainbow crossings – surprised them.
“To make their training more realistic, we painted them on the streets of our training center.
“This was done with the generous support of a road marking company at no extra cost.”
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