Military horses return to London after Christmas break

  • The British Military’s horses are again from their Christmas holidays and beginning their transformation from furry mud monsters to smooth 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 an intensive 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 necessary that the horses got a possibility to relaxation and recuperate within the countryside,” he stated.

    “Transferring massive numbers of horses out of the 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 prospect to recharge our batteries after what had been an extremely busy and unprecedented 12 months.”

    The horses will endure a seven-week reconditioning programme – they are going to be clipped, sneakers will return on, tack will probably be refitted and they’re going to begin a health programme to convey 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 participating within the first King’s birthday parade in June, the King’s Troop will probably be firing royal salutes for state events, and the Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment will probably be finishing up the day by day King’s Life Guard at Horse Guards in Whitehall.

    It was additionally confirmed right this moment that horses and troopers from the Family Cavalry Mounted Regiment will probably be participating within the opening ceremony at CHIO Aachen in June.

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