We are unique in our commitment to care for the animals who have dedicated their lives to protecting communities from violence and unrest in the service of the Mounted Police across the UK.
There is no better example of the bravery and strength of these animals and their mounts than the riots in London in 2011. The Mounted Branches worked tirelessly and heroically throughout the night across the country to restore order, dodging missiles and burning buildings as they fought to control the chaos.
Police horses are the first on the front line in times of conflict, often risking serious injury to carry out their duties protecting the public. The physical and mental effort required by both horse and rider cannot be underestimated. It is asserted that, in crowd control situations, one police horse can do the job of 12 police officers on the ground because of their physical mass and height advantage. Given this, it is difficult to imagine where we would be without these hardworking and fearless animals and their officers.
Police horses are funded by the taxpayer throughout their working career but the “public purse” empties as the horses face retirement. These horses have usually worked so hard during their lives that they cannot be re-homed, due to varying degrees of lameness, and there are few places that they can retire to with dignity and grace. It is our privilege to give these hard-working equine public servants a peaceful retirement to thank them for a lifetime of service.
You can read some of the messages for these wonderful animals left in our pledge book by friends and supporters.
Please click below to leave your own message and make a donation to help us continue our work providing safe and peaceful retirement for horses that have given us so much.
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