Royal horses take a dip

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Thirty horses from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery were seen taking a well deserved break on a holiday in Cornwall on Wednesday.

The horses and their mounts were seen in the sea taking a gallop and a swim in the choppy waters of the Celtic Sea at about 8.30am. Five-year-old Harlequin the Cleveland Bay horse was one of the many horses having a paddle, who was given to The Troop by the Queen.

Right Section Commander Captain Toby Hauhey RHA said: ‘For many of the young horses this will be the first time they will have seen the sea and it took courage and a strong jockey to fight their way through the crashing surf. It is no less of a challenge for the junior soldiers too, many of whom will only have learnt to ride a few months ago.’

The horses were ridden without saddles or stirrups, so the riders need to have a steady nerve and good balance to determine the waves.

The Troop are the only people, except for the Royal Family, who are legally allowed to pass through the Marble Arch at Buckingham Palace. The horses will return after their holiday to training at their St John’s Wood barracks in North London.

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