HC Deb 08 April 1897 vol 48 c750

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the War Office is advised that cavalry horses of under six or over 14 years of age are thoroughly efficient and fit for active service; and, if so, at what ages the limits of fitness for active service are placed; and how many horses there are maintained on the peace establishment of the cavalry at ages outside the limits so fixed?


In the opinion of the military authorities horses may be sent on field service in Europe between five and 16 years of age, provided they are sound. There are 1,249 horses on the peace establishment of the cavalry under five years of age, and 79 over 16 years of age.