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article imageLargest horse in the UK training to take part in Queen's Jubilee

By Lynn Curwin     Mar 3, 2012 in World
Digger, a Clydesdale who had been cared for by a charity and believed to be the largest horse in the UK, is now training to become a drum horse with the Household Cavalry, and it is hoped he will be able to participate in the Queen's Jubilee celebrations.
The Household Cavalry website reports that Digger is "well over 20 hands high."
The bay roan now has the army number of 8463, but in 2008 he had been turned over to a charity because his owner had health problems and was having trouble caring for her horse. At that time he required surgery because of issues with his legs.
“When Digger first arrived I was shocked as I had never seen a horse so big!," said Eileen Gillen, centre manager at World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm in Aberdeenshire. "His enormous size and the fact that he was only young and still growing were causing problems with the joints in his hind legs. It took surgery at the Royal Dick Veterinary Hospital in Edinburgh and many months of rehabilitation before he was well enough to start work. I always had high hopes for him but never in my wildest dreams did I think he’d have a Royal calling!”
Digger moved to Household Cavalry barracks in the spring of 2010 to begin a two-year training program
“The regiment is always on the look out for potential new drum horses," Horse and Hound quoted Captain Michael Fry as saying at that time. "We need calm, solid horses that are strong enough to take 90lb drums and a 200lb-plus rider on top.
“Our drum horses need to be at least 17hh and are normally an eye-catching colour.”
Digger is nine-years-old this year and has been working with the regiment's other horses.
"He is very docile and well behaved." The Telegraph quoted Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment officer Alex Owen as saying.
"It is hoped he will be able to take part in the Jubilee celebrations, however, he needs to put on more weight to be able to carry the silver drums."
Once a horse becomes an official drum horse it is given the name of a Greek god.
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