Tributes have been paid to a gelding who served The Household Cavalry for 18 years before retiring to the Horse Trust.

Yeti passed away earlier this month aged 30, following an impressive career with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The handsome black gelding took part in many ceremonial parades including Trooping the Colour, State Visits and The Queen’s Life Guard. Yeti also performed as part of the Household Cavalry Musical Ride in Europe and in the Middle East.

“When it was his time to retire, we were then lucky enough to give Yeti his forever home here at our Home of Rest for Horses in April 2016, where he became a favourite with all the staff and visitors,” said a Horse Trust spokesman. “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.”

Towards the end of his life, Yeti developed arthritis, which had been managed by the charity’s Equine Care Team. However, recently his pain levels had increased and despite staff’s best efforts, they were sadly not able to get him to a point where he could continue to have a good quality of life, and the tough decision was made to put him to sleep.

Yeti was one of the charity’s sponsor horses, and his followers have been informed of his passing.

“Yeti, it has been our absolute honour to serve you after all your years of service,” the charity spokesman said.  “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.”

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