More than 30 horses from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery have left the noise and confines of London behind for equestrian and military training in the West Country.
Thirty-two horses from Left Section will be staying in the area until the end of the week (22 September).
The horses have been exercising on Woolacombe Beach to help them to build trust with their riders.
“Not all horses have the confidence to go into the churning surf, especially when the ground beneath their hooves shifts and sinks,” said a spokesman.
“But by trusting their rider and overcoming their fears, the bond between the two is made stronger; vital for dealing with the unpredictable during high-profile ceremonial duties back in London.”
Since their last visit to the South West in July 2011, The King’s Troop has taken part in a series of high-profile events including the Diamond Jubilee, London 2012 Olympic Games, the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Trooping the Colour and the opening of the Invictus Games.
“This camp is an excellent opportunity for both the horses and soldiers to take a well-earned break from their ceremonial duties in London,” said Captain Jack Stamp Left Section Commander.
“The Troop hasn’t sent horses to the West Country for a while, but they always enjoy themselves on the region’s beaches and what they learn here will make them better prepared for the rigours of their ceremonial duties in London.”
The Troop is holding a public open day this Saturday (20 September) at its temporary stables in the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Park from 10.30am to 4pm to thank the local community for hosting them.