16.2hh bay mare born 1999



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Kathleen is a striking 16.2hh bay mare who served with the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch for 9 years.  After her initial training, she was posted to Lewisham where she became a fully operational police horse which involved crime patrols, high profile sporting events, demonstrations, and the world famous activity ride.  In 2010 she moved to Great Scotland Yard where she provided a respectable service to the nation’s capital taking part in many major sporting and ceremonial events including the Queen’s Birthday Parade. She was described as outstandingly brave when she was struck in the face with a can of beer that bounced off her eye visor during a serious disruption outside the Houses of Parliament in 2010. Kathleen has been described as being like ‘Marmite’ because Officers tended to either love or hate her due to her quirky character! This mare showed off her jumping skills when she was a part of the famous Met Police Activity Ride travelling to Amsterdam. Unfortunately Kathleen developed behavioural changes and she was moved back to Lewisham, hoping a spell away from Central London traffic would help restore her confidence.  Sadly, this was unsuccessful and she was deemed unsuitable for operational duty.  She was transferred to Imber Court Mounted Training Establishment for use in the riding school to mounted officers.  This suited her for a short period of time, but unfortunately her behaviour began to deteriorate again and so the decision was made to retire her here to The Horse Trust at the age of 17.