As sun lovers around the country soak up the rays on the beach — the Household Cavalry horses are doing the same.

145 horses from the Knightsbridge-based regiment are spending four weeks in Norfolk as part of their annual Regimental Training Camp.

“Some of the horses may never have seen the sea before, and for them this is a test of bravery and trust between horse and rider,” said Captain Jack Campbell.

“The sea is also a great environment for them to exercise in as it works muscles in the same way as pool pilates and is a lot of fun into the bargain.”

“A good horse for us needs to be cool, calm, collected and obviously look good. Bringing them here exposes the horses to new things and helps with their confidence and abilities to cope with anything thrown at them back in London,” added Captain Jack Campbell.

The camp aims to build bonds between horse and rider, and improve the prowess of professional fighting soldiers.

The cavalrymen will undergo advanced riding techniques, weapons handling, farriery training, crowd training and military fitness tests, as well as participating in tent pegging, sword, lance and pistol drill, cross-country riding and showjumping.

The public can meet the horses at an open day on 20 July in Bodney Camp near Watton, Norfolk.

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