First London 2
First London Blog – Part Two
Next on our right is the home of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. It consists of one sabre squadron from each regiment of the Household Cavalry (the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals) plus a Headquarters Squadron, and the Household Cavalry Training Wing. Each of the Squadrons consists of two divisions of one officer and 24 men. This has been based (in various forms) at Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge, since 1795. This is three-quarters of a mile from Buckingham Palace, close enough for the officers and men of the Household Cavalry to be available to respond speedily to any emergency at the Palace and also to conduct their ceremonial duties.
The Horse and Hound Magazine ran a feature called 11 things you might not know about Household Cavalry horses
1. The horses have been helping to guard our royal family and taking part in ceremonial occasions since Charles II was restored in 1660.
2. A ceremonial horse has to carry about four stone (25kg) in dead weight of kit, plus a man.
3. Cavalry Blacks tend to be geldings — there are no stallions — and are at least 16 hands high, but are often bigger.
4. The Riding Master, who oversees all selections, looks for horses that are preferably unbroken, of good weight, good attitude, clean-limbed, good outlook, no blemishes, and straight movers.
5. Most horses are
purchased when they are three or four, and are then sent to the Royal Army
Veterinary Corps Depot, at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, from where they are
forwarded to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London, for selection by
ALL IN ALL A BRILLIANT START
A VERY BUSY, HAPPY, FUN FIRST DAY