Recent footage of protestors attacking mounted police officers and their horses has given rise to petitions calling for horses to no longer be used in policing. H&H speaks to police representatives and welfare experts to get their views...
Questions have been asked over the future of frontline police horses after three were injured and one became separated from his rider during recent riots.
Petitions calling for the use of horses to be banned in protests – or altogether – have emerged since a horse was caught on camera cantering loose through London after his rider fell, when a small minority attending the Black Lives Matter protests turned violent on 6 June.
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Wilson was bought for £800 as a three-year-old with betting winnings and went on to have a long and distinguished
‘It’s really sad when any of them leave us because you spend more time with them than your family, but
‘It’s our privilege to provide a dignified and relaxed retirement for these wonderful equine civil servants’
The gelding retired from the police force aged 21, after 17 years service
‘She is full of character and is fitting in well with the boys’
The force was ‘quite taken’ with the 16.3hh mare when she arrived at the unit’s headquarters