Eight of the Army's regimental mascots have been brought together for the first ever military mascot training camp.
Two Irish Wolfhounds, a drum horse, a Welsh mountain pony, a Swaledale ram, two cashmere goats and a Shetland pony took part in the event at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
Farrier Major Holland is the handler for Trooper Jones, a Welsh mountain pony and 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards’ regimental mascot. He said the facilities on offer were "second to none".
"[We've] taken full advantage of everything we can use to exercise Jones and get him fit and ready for parade.
"I've just been giving Jones a little lunging lesson, just to get him warmed up, a bit of exercise."
Animals have a long and proud tradition of serving in Britain’s Armed Forces on operations and ceremonial duties and the gathering provided a rare opportunity for handlers to meet their counterparts in other units.
The Chief Instructor with the Equine Training Squadron, Warrant Officer Class 2 Daniel Powell, said the event had brought together handlers who had been working for nearly ten years with others who had only been in the job for six months.
WO2 Powell said the training centre offered a rare opportunity for the handlers at all levels to share advice:
"The difference in them being together and passing their knowledge on what they do on a day-to-day basis is fundamentally the best thing possible."