17hh grey gelding born in 1997


Huntsman has had an amzing career. He's an Irish Draught horse who spent most of his working life with the Metropolitan Police Mounted Section. Then, a couple of years ago, the police nationally commissioned an exciting piece of research looking at the role of police horses now and into the future.

Traditionally police horses have been catagorised as used primarily for public order duties and then do some community policing secondary to that. As the country has changed, there have been fewer calls on horses to work in public order situations than perhaps there were in the 1970's and 1980's and as a result a number of mounted sections have been closed down at a local level. This research found that considering horses as primarily having a community role that can also be used for public order might be popular with the public and beneficial to the police. For example, law abiding people living in challenging areas hear a clip clop, that can only mean a police patrol, they wouldn't notice officers on foot or in a car whilst in their homes, so the sound is hugely reassuring. Also in many cases the research showed that children and young people who have been taught to be very wary or even openly abusive of the police, are far more likely to have a positive interaction with an officer on horse back.

This is where the report got it's name from, 'Making Barriers and Breaking Barriers'. As a result four horses were seconded from other forces to work in Gloucestershire for the very first time, to see what the results were of introducing police horses to an area that has never had them. Huntsman was one of those chosen and onve that two year pilot was over, he retired to us.

Well done Huntsman for helping such a vital study and now it's time to kick back and enjoy yourself!