Video footage shows the moment a police horse collapsed at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Sandown, a 14-year-old horse, died at 9pm on Sunday at the event after falling.
Officers rush to the scene to rescue the animal while Sandown lies motionless on the sidewalk.
At the time, they tried to keep the public at bay while people watched in horror as the scene unfolded.
Sandown could not be saved and died at the scene despite emergency care.
An eyewitness at the scene said: “I was around the horse for about half an hour before it collapsed and it looked really uncomfortable.
“It kept mumbling and the officer tried to calm it down.
“In the end it seemed like the heat and the environment was too much for him and it just started to fit.
“It was horrific to watch and I’ve had trouble sleeping for the last few nights thinking about what happened.”
The Metropolitan Police said the death was “sudden” and a post-mortem is currently underway.
The 14-year-old chestnut gelding has been described as one of the Met’s most experienced horses, having served in the police force for the past seven years.
When he joined the police in 2015, he quickly won over the police with his good nature.
Sandown has been described as “an integral part of police support in London”.
The force added in honor: “He has shown his bravery and bravery in numerous football matches and has also been selected to perform in the Mounted Activity Ride at Olympia and the Mounted Musical Ride.
“PH Sandown was an important part of the Mounted Branch family and was dearly loved. He will be greatly missed by all.’
The Met today has as many as 110 horses in its troop.
The Mounted Branch’s role includes high-visibility patrols, community engagement and specialization in crowd control at sporting events, demonstrations, public order events and state ceremonial occasions such as Trooping the Color.
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