Jupiter retired to The Horse Trust in April 2021, at the age of 18. He joined us after a magnificent 12 years and 7 months serving The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Blues and Royals.
Prior to his arrival at The Horse Trust, Jupiter had been in consistent work, fulfilling ceremonial duties and daily riding tasks at HC Blues and Royals. He was a well-liked horse and took part in The Queen’s Life Guard and ceremonial parades, always being one of the horses to set an example of a typical cavalry black.
Jupiter was on parade for many of the most important parades of the last ten years including the Diamond Jubilee Parade, both Royal Wedding Parades, Trooping the Colour every year since he finished training 12 years ago as well as the State Opening of Parliament, Lord Mayor’s Parade and State Visit Parades for foreign dignitaries in both London and Windsor.
He has been used as a confident band horse and even completed many Kit rides to help pass out new trainees to the regiment. Jupiter is described as having a good temperament both in the stable and whilst riding.
He was retired due to heart problems – he has severe aortic regurgitation and moderate mitral regurgitation. He has an associated increase in the size of his heart, and this was the basis for his recommendation for retirement.