Household Cavalry on the beach in Norfolk 050719 Credit MOD

IN PICTURES: Household Cavalry Catch Ocean Waves

There is fun to be had in the sun but the program also entails a tough regime...

Household Cavalry on the beach in Norfolk 050719 Credit MOD

The Army mounts a cavalry charge into the Norfolk ocean (Picture: MOD).

The Army’s Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment has swapped the city landscape of London for a more scenic view on Norfolk's beaches for its annual Regimental Training Camp.

But whilst soaking up the sun, the regiment is sticking to a tough training regime to enhance equestrian and military skills, as well as building the bonds between horses and troops.

Taking their steeds into the ocean is a real test of soldiers’ mettle and a tough physical workout in instilling confidence in their animals at the same time as maintaining control.

Major Tom Seccombe, Life Guards Squadron Leader, said “the beach ride is excellent for both soldier and horse":

“The soldiers build on their skills in a new environment and take on a challenge where they ride without saddles and improve their balance.”

The Cavalrymen are also building on their advanced riding techniques, weapons handling, farriery training, military fitness tests, participate in tent pegging, sword, lance and pistol drill, cross country riding and show jumping.