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Goodnight, Yeti

We are heartbroken to bring our supporters the incredibly sad news of the passing of Household Cavalry veteran, Yeti, at the age of 30.

Yeti served with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment for a magnificent 18 years, where he participated in many ceremonial parades including Trooping the Colour, State Visits and The Queen’s Life Guard.

Yeti also travelled abroad where he performed as part of the world-famous Household Cavalry Musical Ride in Europe and the Middle East. During the musical ride, four of the horses are ridden by the ‘Monkey Men’ and are trained to lay down as part of the performance and for the finale this includes these four horses carrying the flags of the United Kingdom. As Yeti was extremely fast, he was chosen to carry the Union Jack and was the last horse to leave the arena at full gallop accompanied by the patriotic song, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, this prestigious accolade received many standing ovations from his adoring audiences.

Yeti retired to The Horse Trust in April 2016 where he was a favourite with all the staff and visitors and although retired, he enjoyed going on his ‘daily runs’ with Charlie and Normandy, his two field mates, and he was proud for being the fastest of the herd.

Yeti also brought joy to his supporters through being one of our dearest sponsor horses for many years. We are sure his sponsors will greatly miss him and save a special place in their hearts for him.

Over the years, Yeti developed multi joint arthritis, which had been expertly managed by the Equine Care Team however, recently his pain levels increased and despite our best efforts we were sadly not able to get him to a point where he could continue to have a good quality of life. Therefore, we made the extremely difficult decision to say goodbye, accepting this was the right time for him.

Yeti, it has been our absolute honour to serve you after all your years of service.  Accepting you are no longer with us is so incredibly difficult, but we know you lived your life to the full and that you are now pain free, galloping in your usual fast pace over the rainbow bridge with many of your former friends and colleagues.

Rest in Peace, our lovely Yeti, you have been a joy to know, love and care for, and you will be forever missed by us all. The Yeti-shaped hole in all our hearts will take some time to heal.

The Horse Trust relies on public donations to continue to give a forever home to retired military, police, Royal Mews and RDA horses and to care for neglected rescued horses. If you would like to be part of our story, please consider a donation today.


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