Five new horses from a range of backgrounds have been welcomed to The Horse Trust to enjoy their retirement with the charity.

The equines had served long careers for the police, Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and military. They will now live out their days with The Horse Trust.

Grace is one of the new residents. She came from the Metropolitan Police after an 18-year award-winning career.

“Grace is a beautiful but cheeky grey,” said a Horse Trust spokesman. “She is one remarkable horse that does not shy in the face of danger. Her bravery, reliability and length of service led to her being awarded the PDSA Medal for outstanding devotion and service, which is the animal equivalent of an OBE.”

She is joined by Abigale (pictured top) and Gemma (pictured below), from the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR). The DATR are a military unit responsible for training military veterinary staff, farriers, working dogs and horses.

Gemma served 15 years and Abigale 19. The pair took part in diverse work, from training riding instructors for showjumping and dressage to teaching officer cadets to ride. They went on to work at key ceremonial events and parades.

“Both now deserve some rest and relaxation after serving loyally and being extremely steadfast members of the force,” said the charity spokesman.

Greater Manchester Police’s cob Parker has also entered the charity’s doors.

“Parker is more affectionately known as Piggy, because of his little squeal when things aren’t going his way,” said the spokesman. “After 10 years of service and a variety of events under his hooves, it’s time for a quieter life for this handsome chap.”

Finally, a much-loved carriage driving pony from the Wyfold RDA joins The Horse Trust.

“Lucky is already dearly missed as this plucky pony spent nine years dutifully driving 12 riders each week and has now joined us to settle into the next phase of his life,” added the spokesman.

“All these horses, remarkable in their own right, have spent their lives dedicating themselves to their careers and now it is time for us to give back to them, with love, care, plenty of relaxing and definitely a carrot or two.”

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