Horse that tumbled at New Year's Day parade in fine fettle after fall

Astallion which fell over at the New Year's Dayparade in London was pictured today in a healthy stable condition.

Crowds feared for the wellbeing of 14-year-old Marty after he took a tumble while performing at the annual parade in central London on Monday - writes

Images of the moment he fell were shared widely online with hundreds of people from across the globe sending messages of support to the horse.

He has been given a day off and an extra large bag of carrots as he recovers in his field in Huntingdon, London, his handlers said.

Marty on the ground after his nasty fall ( Alamy )

“Marty is in fine fettle today – completely unharmed – and enjoying the limelight,” said director Geraldine Bone.

He slipped and fell near to one of the event grandstands in Waterloo Place, his handler said.

The stallioncaught his hind leg on a harness pole and was released “in textbook fashion”.

A spokesman for London’s New Year’s Day Parade said: “The online response has been amazing – we have had hundreds of messages from around the world from people wanting to know that Marty was alright.”

The annual event attracted record crowds of around 650,000 and was broadcast to more than 600 TV stations globally.

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