Horses from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in Knightsbridge have received a much needed make-over after eight weeks away in Leicestershire.
To give the horses a well-deserved break from their ceremonial duties in London, the military animals are sent to the country for a holiday every year. Released into wide open fields, their lungs filled with fresh clean air, the magnificent animals eat grass and roll in the mud for weeks on end.
The horses are well known for looking immaculate so the task to transform the mud caked but relaxed military animals back into smart steeds fit for The Queen is quite a large one. This isn’t just a quick visit to the hair dressers for that "just stepped out of the salon" look, oh no.
Below are just some of the beauty treatments the horses will receive…
Brush off the dirt, detangle the hair, clip the hooves, soapy bath, clip the coat, shave the beard. Let’s not forget these horses will also need to get back to healthy eating and that dreaded post-Christmas task of exercise.
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment is never off duty. Fighting operational soldiers first and foremost, when based in London their daily duties include providing the Queen's Life Guard and they protect the official entrance to the Royal Palaces at Horse Guards 24/7, 365 days of the year.
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