IN PICTURES: Household Cavalry Horses Take Beach Vacation

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment took a break from their regular ceremonial duties to have some fun in the sun with their four legged companions.

But the trip also serves an important purpose; it’s their annual Regimental Training Camp, where the riders are given the chance to practice equestrian and military skill, and improve their bond with the horses.

In total 133 horses and 250 men have relocated from central London to Bodney Camp for two weeks.

The beach ride is the highlight of the trip, and a unique chance for the horses to dip their hooves into the sea.

It's been a busy year so far for the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals.

On top of their daily duties of providing The Queens Life Guard, they supported the State Opening of Parliament as well as taking part in the recent Spanish State Visit.

But perhaps most importantly they played an instrumental role in supporting the Met Police in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

As well as stretching their legs on the beach, the Cavalrymen will practice farriery, weapons handling, military fitness tests, cross country riding and show jumping.

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery are taking over the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's regular duties during the two-week break.

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