Sefton was a truly great horse, surviving a car nail bomb that killed 4 soldiers and 7 other horses from the Household Cavalry on 20th July 1982 in Hyde Park.
He was born in Ireland in 1963, his sire a Thoroughbred and his dam Irish Draught. He was bought by the Household Cavalry in 1967. An impressive 16hh black gelding with a beautiful white blaze and 4 socks. Sefton could be quite headstrong and was known to bite, nap and fidget!
The IRA bomb left him with 38 penetrating wounds to his body, a damaged eye and a severed main artery in his neck. Thanks to the speedy veterinary attention he survived but had to have further surgery to remove the metal.
There is now a bronze statue of Sefton at the Royal Veterinary College.
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