The Drum Horse is used in Britain to describe the
horses that carry a rider and 2 silver kettledrums
during certain Ceremonies of State. Size and Strength
are required in the horses because the combined
weight of the drums and rider can easily exceed 300
lbs. A quiet disposition is required because of the
parade atmosphere they are required to perform in.
Drum Horses have along and colorful history in the
British military. Some of the earlier regiments
documenting Drum Horses are the Royal Scots Greys
(1678), the 6th Dragoon Guards and the 3rd Hussars
(both 1685), the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers (1689) and
the 10th Royal Hussars and 9th Queen's Lancers (both
1715). (from the Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse
Association) The Drum Horse is a larger Gypsy type of
horse with an abundance of mane, tail and feather.
Registered Drum Horses are pinto patterned including
sabino, overo, tobiano or any combination.