Where do the Police Horses go when they are done working?
In one fellows case he was donated to a disabled riding program for kids. Horses in these centers are almost always cared for very well, and do not have too much strenuous work to do, most is limited to walk/slow jog. It may sound like a nice semi-retirement for a horse, if you have a good, solid, safe one who can’t do the big fences, or patrol the city streets, anymore.
And, you’re helping handicapped children with your donation. Pretty much a win-win, EXCEPT:
This former Police Officer (it is what they are-ask anyone who assaults one) almost became a sandwich after the riding center decided he had outlived his usefulness. He was on his way to OLEX (Ontario Livestock Auction) when by a very happy coincidence his old partner decided to see how his old mount was doing.
Some quick thinking people intervened and got the horse to safety. A friend of mine asked if a cruiser pulled the trailer over…I don’t know if that happened, but I like the mental picture.
And I am disgusted by this center, which I WILL name once some inquiries get back to me!
Not only did this horse do time serving and protecting as a member of the Police Force, he also then went ahead to keep our most precious and weakest members of society safe and happy-handicapped kids. I have assisted with children like this and horses, and they can be a little trying on the horses, through no fault of their own. Spastic limbs jerk reins, some are very, very loud, some do not ever get the control to not bounce. It takes a special soul to plod along and keep them safe.
So the payment for this work is…off to the auction for you? Like the poor old camp horses, nothing is enough to keep a good old fella safe once he isn’t able to work it seems. Even euth and a memorial service, maybe even plaques in their honor lining the barns walls as the special souls they were, or is that a crazy stretch?
Story still in progress, I will come back to this. But in the meantime DO YOUR RESEARCH on donating to a program like this. Just because people do the wonderful work of helping disabled children does not guarantee they have a heart when it comes to an old useless horse.
Some centers have the horses on loan, that may be the better option, so he comes back to you when they no longer need him.
Cheers to the people who pulled this horse to safety, and to his former human partner who thought to ask about his old friend! You ROCK!