A long-serving police horse has died following a field accident.

Fimber, a chestnut gelding who served with West Yorkshire Police’s Mounted Section, died on Thursday (15 October) at the age of 14.

He joined the force in 2004 and served for 11 years.

Superintendent Pat Casserly said that Fimber was out in the paddock at the force’s Carr Gate base when the accident happened.

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He said they believe he was spooked and tried to jump out, but collided with a wooden post.

“He was seriously injured and unfortunately died on his way to the vet,” said Supt Casserly.

“Officers and staff at Carr Gate are distraught at the sudden death of Fimber. He was friendly and courageous and will be sadly missed.”

Since the force shared the news, they have been flooded with messages of support.

“We have been inundated with messages of sympathy and condolences following the news today, and would like to thank all who offered their support,” WY Police Horses tweeted on Friday (16 October).

The Wakefield Central neighbourhood police team also posted a tribute to the “brilliant equine officer” on their Facebook page.

“All officers have strong links to our horses and dogs and are treated as fellow officers,” they said.

“Without them we would struggle at certain aspects [of] our jobs.

“Central NPT would like to send our loving condolences to a fantastic officer Fimber.”

End of an era

The force’s mounted section also shared news about another of its equine members yesterday (20 October).

Police horse Louis — their last horse that was involved with policing the 2001 Bradford riots — has retired at the age of 20.