Three people have been charged after they alleged slapped a police horse during Queen’s University homecoming celebrations in Kingston over the weekend.

According to Kingston Police, the three alleged offences took place over the span of an hour on Saturday afternoon.

All three suspects were initially charged with injuring a law enforcement animal, however police tell CP24 that the charges are likely to be downgraded to mischief and obstructing police in the lawful pursuit of their duty since the animal ended up being fine.

In a message posted to Twitter over the weekend, police said the horse – Murney – was merely “startled” but “kept her restraint.”

A video posted to Instagram, however, did show the horse kicking a woman after she slapped it on its behind.

Police have not identified the suspects, other than to say that one was a Queen’s student and another was a student at Algonquin College. The third was from the Cobourg area, according to police.