UK Police Horse Retires after 12 Years on the Job

A Merseyside Police horse has arrived at The Horse Trust's Home of Rest for Horses in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire.

Sherwin, a 16-year-old, 17hh grey gelding, was involved in high-profile police work such as crowd control during the Liverpool Football Club parade after its Champions League victory in 2005, and protecting the winning horse of the Grand National 2005. He even played a part in the rescue of an 11-year-old boy who was choking.

Sherwin, retired police horse

Sherwin in July 2007 being ridden by PC Ian Carmichael during a public display at Liverpool waterfront.

Sherwin, who is also known by his force name, Musketeer, is retiring to The Horse Trust's Home of Rest for Horses in Buckinghamshire as he can no longer be ridden due to osteoarthritis.

PC Ian Carmichael, a mounted officer for the Merseyside Police who rode Sherwin for two years, said he is delighted that Sherwin will be able to spend the remaining years of his life in such a peaceful location, with access to 200 acres of paddocks.

"I brought Sherwin to The Horse Trust and when I led him out of the horse box he was very keen to get to his new stable," Carmichael said. "I'm sure he is going to be very happy there and will take full advantage of all that green ground to run around and roll in."

Sherwin was popular with all the Mounted Branch and will be sorely missed, according to Lindsay Gaven, the stable manager for Merseyside Police. "There were lots of tears when he left. We will definitely go to visit him at The Horse Trust," Gaven said.

Sherwin will join horses from three other police forces at the Home of Rest, including horses from the Thames Valley and Greater Manchester Police.

One of the highlights of Sherwin's career was the rescue of an 11-year-old boy, Anthony Bridge, who was choking to death.

"I was riding Sherwin along a dual carriageway in Allerton when a vehicle stopped with a woman screaming for help," Carmichael said. "Sherwin stood there patiently on a very busy road while I gave the boy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation."

During his 12 years service, Sherwin was involved in all operational police duties such as crowd control for Liverpool, Everton, and Tranmere Rovers football matches and patrolling the Liverpool city centre in evenings.

"People loved him--they would come up and try to feed him doner kebabs," said stable manager Gaven.

The Horse Trust provides lifetime sanctuary for more than 100 horses, ponies, and donkeys from many different backgrounds. Members of the public can meet Sherwin, and the other horses living at the sanctuary every day from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. For more information visit  

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