Out to pas­ture

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

AF­TER 21 years and 11 months, Vis­count (right), the long­est-serv­ing mil­i­tary horse, has re­tired. The 17hh black Ir­ish geld­ing moved from the House­hold Cavalry Mounted Reg­i­ment to the Horse Trust’s Home of Rest in Buck­ing­hamshire, where horses have been find­ing respite since the Boer War. Upon sight­ing the beau­ti­ful Chiltern hills, Vis­count swiftly be­friended fel­low House­hold veteran Belize, who re­tired on the same day. The pre­vi­ous record holder for long­est-serv­ing mil­i­tary horse was Re­mus, who re­tired in 2012 af­ter 21 years.

‘With the help of our donors, we are able to pro­vide these hard-work­ing equine civil ser­vants with the op­por­tu­nity to re­lax and en­joy their twi­light years just be­ing a horse,’ says Horse Trust CEO Jeanette Allen.

Founded in 1886, the Horse Trust (www.horsetrust.org.uk) is the old­est horse char­ity in the world and is en­tirely funded by pub­lic do­na­tion. Dur­ing the First World War, trust pa­trons pro­vided the first mo­torised am­bu­lance to trans­port wounded horses from the front­line in France. By the end of the war, 14 fur­ther ve­hi­cles were in oper­a­tion, com­mis­sioned by the War Of­fice, sav­ing the lives of thou­sands of horses.

To­day, as well as pro­vid­ing a re­treat for re­tired work­ing horses and those that have suf­fered ne­glect or cru­elty, the trust funds re­search into equine dis­eases and of­fers train­ing for own­ers and pro­fes­sion­als.

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