A video of a King’s Guard screaming at a tourist as she slaps his horse has gone viral, as people are divided over who was in the wrong.
The moment a King’s Life Guard yelled at the young woman was caught on camera, after she appeared to slap the horse numerous times around the muzzle.
A young woman wearing a white and blue coat was filmed posing for a photo with a soldier who was stationed at Horse Guards Parade in London’s Whitehall.
The unidentified woman can be seen standing next to the animal – ready to pose for a photo – as it moves its muzzle closer to her shoulder.
She then seems to brazenly slap the animal on the nose and grins for the camera, before putting her hands back in her pocket.
The horse then nears to her once again, as the woman repeatedly slaps it away.
By the third time, the King’s soldier can be seen becoming agitated at her actions, and lashes out in response in front of the shocked crowd.
He screams “STAND BACK” while the horse stamps its feet on the ground.
The guard then shouts before another appears and yells even louder, causing startled tourists to part to let him through.
Footage of the moment has been shared on social media.
However, it has left viewers on TikTok divided over who was in the wrong.
While most people agreed that the woman deserved the public berating for distressing the horse and ignoring signs warning visitors to keep their distance, others have defended her.
One person said: “People need to remember that they’re not an actual tourist attraction.
“They have a job and it’s real. Winds me up so much.”
Another said: “It worries me that people have forgotten what a guard is.”
While another wrote: “These people are so disrespectful.”
And a fourth chimed in saying: “What worries me, is that NO ONE in that crowd spoke up after the first slap, the guards are limited.”
However, another user stuck up for the tourist.
They insisted that the guard’s response was over the top, saying: “The horse was trying to bite her. It’s a common redirection to push their nose up.”
And another wrote: “I am sorry but she did not slap the horse. This is complete overreaction by the guards. Learn to control your horse from brushing the girl.”
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She should not have been that close to the horse follow the sign stay back means stay back it’s their job to do what they do so stay out of their way stupid people can’t read maybe he should have slapped her the horse was not going to bite her
I strongly suspect another example of an “ugly American”.
I AM AMERICAN GLEN, AND WOULD HAVE SLAPPED THAT FEMALE RIGHT ACROSS HER NOSE…..WE DO HAVE LEFTISTS HERE IN THE USA THAT ARE NOTHING BUT EVIL AND FAR FROM BEING ANIMAL LOVERS…..GIVE THAT HORSE A GREAT BIG APPLE AND CARROTS IN HIS OATS….HOWEVER, HOW DO YOU KNOW SHE IS NOT FROM ANOTHER FOREIGN COUNTRY??
First, this “entitled tourist” had NO business even being near the horse; the signs all say “STAND BACK” and she ignored them. One has to wonder if she is “illiterate”? Secondly, you NEVER PUT YOUR HANDS ON someone else’s “trained” animal; if it is your own animal, fine, have at it. Otherwise, it is HANDS OFF. She is fortunate she only got yelled at. If the horse had been nervous, or in an agitated state, he could have reared and clipped her with a hoof; perhaps that would have given her a more “impressive” clue.
PS-Watch the video, she DID slap the horse and it agitated him; she was “showing off” and had NO BUSINESS standing where she was; even LESS BUSINESS slapping the animal and each slap DID agitate the animal. I am not a King’s Guard, BUT, if anyone “laid a finger” on my horse (unless invited), they would feel my lash across the top of their skull.
The guard should have popped her on the head with the whip and said It Doesn’t Feel Good, Does It? Stupid tourist, once again in the wrong. So self absorbed people are!
Anyone that defends this girl has their head up their butt as well should also know the guard and horse are working. I wonder how the girl would feel if people bothered her when she was trying to do something important?
No question in my mind. The woman who slapped the horse was dead wrong and the soldier was right to berate her.
It appeared that a younger male had petted the horse’s nose a little just a bit earlier. Usually horses are affectionate animals, and my horse would have put her nose down close to a stranger for another such pet in the same circumstance. The horse was not a threat, though if startled, it easily could have damaged her accidently. The horse was there for duty, not pleasure, and she showed no respect for that purpose. I’m with the guard for maintaining his purpose; I believe that the woman should have known better than to keep her proximity to the horse after the first incident of sniffing her.
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She deserved to be shouted at! She showed a total disrespect for the poor horse, and the guardsman. Well done guardsman for doing a great job!
Stupid entitled b@tch thinks she’s more important than that horse. Well, she’s not.