Recently retired British police horse Chiswick once showed exceptional bravery in jumping burning barricades.
Barricades, it seems, mean little to the 17.3-hand giant, who in February, during a three-month respite break at The Horse Trust’s sanctuary in Buckinghamshire, managed to destroy seven fences in the fields.
Despite his well-known destructive tendencies, Chiswick has been welcomed back by the trust for his permanent retirement.
Chiswick, who served with the London Metropolitan Police, has now permanently retired after 12 years of service.
Chiswick has shown exceptional bravery during his career, with the student riots of 2010 undoubtedly his finest hour.
During the riots he climbed the steps of the Cenotaph to remove protesters from one of the nation’s most beloved war memorials, and leapt burning barricades.
Chiswick also held the position of a “Pointer” during state funerals, where the inspector of the mounted branch leads the procession. This was due to Chiswick’s ability to move along with the rest of the procession slowly, something most horses find very difficult to do.
He has even been on the silver screen in Die Another Day, the 2002 James Bond film.
Chiswick is described as a real character, but can be quite naughty.
Police Officer Mick Wass, who rode Chiswick during his time with the police, recalls that during one training session on the beach Chiswick decided that training was far too tiring and would much rather lie down and have a roll.
Fortunately, Wass managed to jump off just in time.
Unfortunately, Chiswick was wearing his new £1000 saddle, which ended up covered in sand and scratches.
“Chiswick has always liked to think he is the one in charge, but he has always looked after me,” Wass says.
Chiswick fence-destroying antics earlier this year prompted Wass to set up a direct debit to help towards repairing Chiswick’s remodelled fences.
The charity is currently rebuilding its sanctuary, called The Home of Rest for Horses, and is soliciting donations.