Military horses return to London after Christmas break

  • The British Military’s horses are again from their Christmas holidays and beginning their transformation from bushy mud monsters to glossy steeds prepared for The King’s coronation.

    Horses from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment have been having fun with “semi-wild” down time on the Defence Animal Coaching Regiment in Melton Mowbray since early December.

    This week, they had been rounded up, given a radical well being inspection and had been loaded on to horseboxes to be transported again to London prepared for his or her spring glow-up.

    Lance Corporal of Horse, Owen Watkins from the Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment, is the equitation officer overseeing the transfer and rehabilitation course of for the Blues and Royals in Hyde Park Barracks.

    “It was essential that the horses got a chance to relaxation and recuperate within the countryside,” he stated.

    “Transferring giant numbers of horses out of town to run free over the festive interval additionally allowed the vast majority of the regiment to take some vacation.

    “It gave us all the possibility to recharge our batteries after what had been an extremely busy and unprecedented yr.”

    The horses will bear a seven-week reconditioning programme – they are going to be clipped, footwear will return on, tack shall be refitted and they’ll begin a health programme to deliver them again into work.

    The regiments’ precise roles within the coronation haven’t but been revealed, they usually have a busy summer time of ceremonial duties. They are going to be collaborating within the first King’s birthday parade in June, the King’s Troop shall be firing royal salutes for state events, and the Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment shall be finishing up the each day King’s Life Guard at Horse Guards in Whitehall.

    It was additionally confirmed right now that horses and troopers from the Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment shall be collaborating within the opening ceremony at CHIO Aachen in June.

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