King's Guard forced to hit emergency help button as distressed horse goes out of control
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A member of the King’s Guard was forced to whack the emergency buzzer after his horse refused to calm down.
In footage shared on YouTube by the channel, The King's Guard UK, the guard can be seen sitting atop the black horse, which clearly appears to be in no mood to work and is throwing its head around and stamping about.
You can see the footage here:
The bloke on the horse manages to maintain an air of composure and professionalism, while onlookers gather nearby - although he does appear to eye-up the emergency button from time to time.
However, despite his best efforts, our distressed equine friend continues moving from side-to-side before bumping into the wall, all the while shaking and bucking its head.
The restless horse also appeared to be having some sort of issue with the its bit and could be seen moving its mouth.
Realising that the animal won’t be calmed, the man hits the emergency button - although it’s not clear from the clip when help arrived or what happened next.
The clip was shared to YouTube where the sentry was praised for the way he handled the situation, with one writing: “'These wonderful guards do a tremendous job. Best regards to these terrific guards and the great job they do.”
Another commented: “Clearly, the horse is stressed for a reason. The guard has wonderful horsemanship. As for the tourists, this is not a modelling opportunity take your photo and move away, the horse is stressed enough as it is."
A third wrote: “That guard was itching to press that emergency button way before he finally did, he kept looking at it, I was willing him to, ‘Press that button’ as it was clear the horse was not going to settle!”
“How would you feel if people just kept suddenly appearing from the sides and shoving cameras in the poor guard and horses face,” a fourth wrote. “They should have more ‘breathing’ space, well done to all you fantastic soldiers, you do an amazing job.”
Others criticised the public for posing so close to the horse while it was clearly in distress.
Someone wrote: “Needs to be better crowd control in the area, even though the guards at these particular stations mostly have ceremonial duty they still need some buffer from the large crowds of tourists.”
“It amazes me that you can see horse is agitated but people still walk up for photos,” another commented.