‘Perseus’ is the latest Drum horse to join Her Majesty’s Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. ‘Big Red’, as he was formerly named, was renamed ‘Perseus’ by Her Majesty the Queen. The 17.1 hands high Blues and Royals Shire led the band on The Queen’s Birthday Parade in 2019. Drum horses carry the title of Major and are senior to all other animals in the army. The nine-year-old Shire horse has been in training for the role since joining the army in February 2013. Training as a drum horse is a specialist art and takes patience, care and time. He is conditioned to walk only, while on parade, and taught to react to foot reins using a long reining method to start with. The riding staff introduce the regalia, his magnificent and elaborate head collar, bridle and accoutrements to a point where he is quiet and confident. Every change and addition is applied in as many different conditions and environments, so that eventually Big Red finds everything, even the challenge of central London, second nature. Music is occasionally played in his stable so the noise becomes familiar. The last step is to gradually introduce him to the drums.
You can be the proud owner of this wonderful original acrylic on canvas board painting, 16” x 12” of Big Red, please dig deep as we know Big Red would love to know you are helping his hardworking equine brothers and sisters less fortunate than him.