Drum Horse History
Actually named after a “job” performed by the horse, The Drum Horse is an important member of the Queen of England’s Band of the Life Guards. These horses carry two large solid silver kettle Drums, plus a fully outfitted rider, through crowds of thousands, during the Queen’s processions! The fact that the Drum Horse can remain quiet in large crowds of people while being controlled entirely by reins attached to their rider’s feet is a testament to the Drum Horse’s extraordinary disposition.
(See picture below)The Cavalry Drum Horse is one of the most popular and recognizable members of the regiment. Although Drum Horses are usually piebald or skewbald in color it is not uncommon to see them in solid colors as well.
Drum Horses must be strong enough to carry the weight of the large kettledrums and the drummer, often in excess of 300 pounds. They must also remain calm and sensible in crowded environments during ceremonies. It takes a very special horse to fill such a prominent role in the Queen’s Household Cavalry.
The Drum Horses that perform in the Queen’s Cavalry have always been geldings, up until the recent addition of one mare.
Drum Horses of the past. (Various Military Branches are being represented)
We would like to thank Anthony Hope for providing the pictures of the Drum Horses above. He has an extensive collection of Drum Horse photos. To view more in his collection, please go to http://community.webshots.com/user/scarletlancer165 or search for scarletlancer165.
As we have no Queen’s processions, Drum Horses are being redefined in America for use in various ridden and driven disciplines. They combine the size and stature of the Shire and Clydesdale with the color and hair of the Gypsy Horse to create an animal that possesses the best traits of each breed. Slightly lighter than their fullblood draft counterparts the Drum Horse makes a talented athletic mount which can compete successfully in many ridden disciplines. In addition, Drum Horses are well suited for taller heavier riders that need a horse with more substance and height, but still want a calm, level headed riding horse. Because of their quiet nature, some Drum Horses may even be suited for pleasure driving. When viewed in person, this magical creature of history will render you speechless. They are unlike any other breed in the world!