They are Swedish half-bloods, big and strong with a height of approximately 17 hands. It takes between one and two years to train the horses. They have to learn how to go two-in-hand, four-in-hand or six-in-hand. They also have to learn to handle the city traffic with buses, cars and loud noise.
The horses daily training and education is steered by upcoming events. This can involve training two-in-hand, four-in-hand or à la d'aumont. The horses are also trained to handle high loud noises, crowds, barking dogs and waving flags.
In order to be able to take part in a parade a horse must be able to keep calm whatever the circumstance. Every day they are trained to be able to handle such disturbances – such as overtaking buses, roadworks or traffic lights that have to be respected.
Even harnesses and carriages need daily care and maintenance. The only time of the year when Royal Mews employees are free for other duties is when the horses are put out to well-deserved pasture during the summer months.
Newly appointed ambassadors to Sweden are also transported by the Royal Mews equipage from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the Royal Palace of Stockholm for their formal audience with the King.