Cornwall

King's Troop on annual holiday in Cornwall

Horses and riders from the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery have arrived in Cornwall for their annual holiday.

The 30 horses who normally reside in London will be exercised on the area's beaches.

Two sections of the regiment are staying at Gwithian and Polzeath on the north coast of Cornwall.

Regiment vet Nicola Housby Skeggs, who is looking after the animals at Carruan Farm, said there were "positive health benefits to the trip".

Ms Housby Skeggs said: "It's excellent for them, they get the fresh Cornish air and they get out and about in the new scenery.

"They spend all their time in London with all the traffic, the noise and there they spend a lot of time indoors, so it's a really nice psychological break for them.

"It's also good for the soldiers to get out with them and have a bit of fun which is good for the bond between the two."

Bombadier Catherine Campbell Charters from Cawsand in Cornwall has been in the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery for seven years.

Ms Campbell Charters said: "They're not like your general schooling horse or civilian horse, they've got to stay fit all year round for the job that they've got to do."

"We ask a hell of a lot from them. They pull the gun team, work hard for us, then stand still on parade for the Queen, and then do any cross country hunting and dressage that we ask them to do."

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