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Hitting The Hay: Longest Serving Army Horse Retires


Viscount, a 17 hands high black Irish sport horse gelding, has retired after a career spanning 21 years and 11 months of loyal service to his country.

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During his prominent career, he has carried senior officer, royalty and even Lance Corporal Richard Jones, winner of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

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However, Viscount has now retired to the Chiltern Hills alongside fellow public servant horses.

He was a cavalry prodigy, completing his military training at the age of just five and passing out as a Military Working Horse in 1997.

Due to his calm demeanour, Viscount was posted to several different roles throughout his career, from carrying senior officers as an Officer’s Charger to being the mount of Royalty on ceremonial parades.

The beloved horse spent his final four years of Army Service carrying musicians from The Band of the Household Cavalry, including a certain Lance Corporal Richard Jones, the 2016 winner of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Viscount has started retirement with a long shower and a run around the fields.

He took the title of ‘Longest Serving Military Horse’ from Remus, who he shares a retirement home with at The Horses Trust.

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