Police horse Thomas steps into retirement

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Police horse Thomas will be sorely missed by his regular rider, Constable Kath Pitman. Photo: Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Police horse Thomas will be sorely missed by his regular rider, Constable Kath Pitman. Photo: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A British police horse said to have a lust for life is heading off to the Isle of Wight to eat grass and enjoy his retirement.

Thomas retires today, at the age of 12, from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

His retirement marks the end of a six-year career with the force.

The bay Irish Draft gelding arrived at Avon and Somerset police from the Isle of Wight as a six-year-old.

He was trained by Constable Darryl Snow before being passed on to Constable Kath Pitman, who remained with Thomas for his entire career as a police horse.

Thomas’s career highlights include a three-week stint at the 2012 London Olympics.

During the event, he visited many of the capital’s sights and had regular patrols around the Olympic Village.

He was also a regular at the Bath and West Show where he would often showcase his softer side by taking part in the musical ride around the main arena.

“Thomas is a lovely, happy chap who is a pleasure to be around,” Pitman said.

“He has a lust for life and seeks attention from anyone he comes across.

“He has been so easy to work with over the past few years and has made my role so much more enjoyable.

“He will be sorely missed, but at least he will be going home back to the Isle of Wight to graze out for the rest of his days.”

In addition to working at major events, Thomas has been regularly used for patrols around the streets of Avon and Somerset.

He will be replaced by a new police horse currently nicknamed Trinity, who will be officially named at a later date.

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