A WELL-known resident at the Horse Trust in Speen has joined the fashion crowd after being fitted with a new pair of high heels.

Janus, a retired member of the Household Cavalry, was fitted with a pair of wedges to his front shoes to help relieve pain in his legs.

The horse, who was bred by the Queen herself, came to the home in 2001 aged 17.

The 5ft 8ins former drum carrier with the Blues and Royals occasionally suffered from lameness, but staff grew concerned when he became stiff and uncomfortable.

Strong medication seemed to be the only answer for Janus' pain until the home's manager, Sheila Abbott, and their regular blacksmith struck upon the idea of fitting him with one and a half-inch high heels.

Sheila said: "We decided to try these heels to see if they would help. They have literally given him a new lease of life.

"We have been able to reduce his medication and he's a much happier boy.

"He's a gentle giant, he's a sweetheart."

Janus can now been seen at the home with his new shoes and is often spotted with fellow drum carrier, Leonidas.

Sheila added: "They go everywhere together like two book ends, it's quite sweet really."