All about the Troop

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❍ The horses are sta­bled in six sub­sec­tions or bat­ter­ies, ac­cord­ing to their colour, from light bay (A Bat­tery) through to the dark-brown/black horses of F Bat­tery, which also pull the gun car­riage for state fu­ner­als

❍ New horses’ manes are hogged (clipped) to show they’ve com­pleted their train­ing

❍ Of­fi­cers’ charg­ers are named af­ter char­ac­ters from the ‘Jor­rocks’ hunt­ing sto­ries by R. S. Surtees. Cur­rent mounts in­clude Lucy Glit­ters, Lord Fire­brand and Duke of Daz­zle­ton

❍ Women were ad­mit­ted to the Troop in 1996, and now make up 50% of the reg­i­ment, with some all-fe­male gun teams

❍ The Troop’s 10 far­ri­ers (above) shoe the horses’ hind feet ev­ery two to three weeks and the front feet ev­ery four to five weeks

❍ ‘Bliff­ing’ boots to the req­ui­site mir­ror shine, with beeswax and pol­ish, takes sev­eral hours—how­ever, one sol­dier, Gun­ner Gu­rung, can turn around a pair within an hour

❍ The gold braid­ing across the front of the uni­form re­put­edly once held lead as a form of body ar­mour

❍ In the field of war, the sol­diers’ busby (head­dress) was used as a wa­ter bucket, the plume dou­bled as a shav­ing brush and but­tons served as emer­gency am­mu­ni­tion

❍ Of­fi­cers orig­i­nally used the pouch on their cross-belts to store their or­ders. In re­cent years, they’ve proved a use­ful place in which to keep a mo­bile phone —al­though, un­for­tu­nately, they’re too small for mod­ern smart­phones

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