A 14-year-old British police horse described as friendly and courageous has been lost in a paddock mishap.
The West Yorkshire Police’s mounted section announced on Friday the loss of Fimber, who had served for 11 years after joining the force in 2004. He died from injuries suffered in an accident at Carr Gate on Thursday afternoon.
“We believe that Fimber was spooked whilst out in the paddock, causing him to attempt to vault the fences, when he collided with a wooden post,” Superintendent Pat Casserly said.
“He was seriously injured and unfortunately died on his way to the vet.
“Officers and staff at Carr Gate are distraught,” he said. “He was friendly and courageous and will be sadly missed.”
Officers have been moved by the outpouring of sympathy from the public, with the announcement of Fimber’s death on the force’s Facebook page attracting 745 responses at the time of writing.
Casserly said the mounted section wanted to thank the public for their support.
“We have been inundated with messages of sympathy and condolences following the sad news of Fimber’s death, and would like to thank everyone who has offered their support at this sad time.
“It has been a great comfort to our officers and staff.”
Fimber’s death also generated a string of sympathetic tweets with the hashtag #RipFimber.
StormKittyKat tweeted: “So sorry for your loss. Sincere condolences to the all on the force. He was a beauty 🙁 #RIPFimber”
Kate Livingston tweeted: “So sorry to hear about Fimber. He was a lovely boy, I was lucky enough to meet him and give him a pat a few times. #RIPFimber”