Bomb blast horse dies

By James Young
This is London

Echo at his 30th birthday party, reunited with John Davis, his former rider, also injured in the blast

Echo and Sefton, another bomb blast survivor

ECHO the horse who survived an IRA bomb blast has died aged 32.

Echo was one of three equine survivors of the blast in 1982 and was
the longest serving resident at the Home of Rest for Horses in Speen.

He died as a result of colic last Tuesday from which he had suffered
periodically since the bomb in Hyde Park, London.

Susan Lewis, of the home, said: "Echo had to be handled with
particular care because he never really got over the trauma he

Our charity provides more funds for equine welfare than any
organisation in the UK. We have already given more than £500,000 into
the research of colic and internal medicine.

With this in mind and in memory of such a great character, the home
has announced that it is launching a memorial fund to finance further
research into colic. It afflicts so many horses and causes them such

After being nursed back to health, Echo and fellow survivor Sefton
became residents at The Home of Rest for Horses, with Echo arriving
in 1983.

Sefton passed away in 1993 and Echo continued to receive goodwill
cards up to the time of his death.

Two years ago, for Echos 30th birthday ceremony, he was reunited with
his rider Detective Constable John Davies of the Metropolitan Police.
In attendance was the last remaining survivor Yeti, formerly of the
Household Cavalry.

A spokesman added: Yeti will greatly miss the company of his stable
mate Echo. They were particularly close.

It seemed the two friends shared the sadness of their appalling
experience and appeared to have a mutual sympathy.

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