Angry mum claims daughter, 11, ‘left in tears’ after shirtless men on horses splashed into Serpentine lido at Hyde Park

AN ANGRY mum has claimed her daughter was “left in tears” after shirtless men on horses splashed into the Serpentine lido at Hyde Park.

Rebecca, 39, stepped in and intervened as the men rode the animals through the lake – leaving her 11-year-old shaken after the “terrifying” ordeal.

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The mum was not happy with the horses sharing the water at Hyde Park[/caption]

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The row descended into a shouting match in Hyde Park, London[/caption]

The piebald ponies were filmed cooling off in scorching heat as they enjoyed a dip feet away from parkgoers pedalling boats in the famous waterway.

Video shared on Twitter by @Cabvision Taxi is accompanied by the caption “chaos again in Hyde Park”.

The footage shows the irate woman remonstrating with the group.

It’s not clear how long the three ponies were in the water for, but they appear to have been filmed on Saturday, June 5, when the mercury had climbed to 24C.

The mum fired back when one bloke told her to ‘shut up’.

Walking closer to him, she yelled at the man standing near the Serpentine: “I will not go away.

“I don’t have to shut up, you don’t get to tell me to shut up.”

She then tells the group of mostly young men to “get them [the ponies] out of the water”.

The woman from the video told MailOnline: “They were acting like big baddies in a pantomime wrestling show. They rode in on bareback horses with such bravado, as if with the intention of making a spectacle.

“It was so incredible. If it wasn’t caught on video, no one would probably believe us. I was just worried about my daughter and all the other young children in the water.

“I tried to tell my daughter that we’d talk about it at home but she was absolutely broken by it. Horses are her favourite animal.

“I’ve only seen her cry like that when her rabbit died. I’m a massive animal lover and animal rights activist as well. It was upsetting on so many levels.”

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The men stood and watched as the ponies cooled off in the water[/caption]

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The animals were taken into the water when the mercury climbed to about 24C[/caption]


In the clip, several men – including one rider in the water – can be seen remonstrating with Rebecca.

She asks the small crowd gathered nearby if “anyone else wants to see the horses out of the water”.

The mum then turns away as the men continue to mock her.

One man asks for £50 – presumably to take the ponies out – before saying out loud that the woman would “float in here wouldn’t she?”

He advised her to “deal with yours”.

The Twitter account then shows a photo of a police van at the scene.


The Metropolitan Police told the Sun Online that officers “were called around 16.36pm on Saturday, 5 June to reports of horses in the Serpentine, Hyde Park.

“Officers attended and advised the horse riders that it was an offence to have animals in the Serpentine. They got out of the water and left the area.

“There were no arrests.”

A spokeswoman for the Royal Parks said, “horses are not permitted in the Serpentine”.

When video of the ponies was shared on Twitter, two men responded that the visitors were “not looking for any trouble.”

Sited in the middle of Hyde Park, the Serpentine Lido and its paddling pool are an ideal spot to cool off on a hot day.

Horses may be ridden on the roads and the designated riding ways in Hyde Park.

But, they are not allowed on footpaths, cycle paths or grassed areas, according to a Freedom of Information response.

Hyde Park has two specialist horse riding arenas on North Carriage Drive and South Carriage Drive.

The lido is open on weekends throughout May, and seven days a week from June 1 until early September.

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The parkgoer told the man not to order her to ‘shut up’[/caption]

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This photo was also tweeted, showing the cops arriving at Hyde Park[/caption]

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