Avon and Somerset Police mounted section said they were “thrilled” to welcome equine recruit Rocky back to their base after he was discharged from hospital following a road traffic incident.

The five-year-old gelding was stuck by a car on 8 July in Bristol and was taken to equine hospital due to the severity of his injuries. He was treated there for around six weeks.

Chestnut Rocky is now able to continue his recovery with the mounted unit.

“It’s still early days in Rocky’s recovery but we can now continue his rehab ourselves, supported by our vets,” said a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police. “We are absolutely thrilled to have him back with us.”

The force has shared updates of Rocky’s progress, and he can be seen relaxing in his stable, enjoying his hay and feed, and being taken for gentle in-hand walks in the school.

Serious incident

Rocky’s rider was treated for injuries following the road incident on Beggar Bush Lane, but was able to go home from hospital, as did the driver of the vehicle.

Fellow police horse Platinum was on patrol with Rocky, be he and his rider escaped injury and have been able to gradually return to work.

Images by Avon and Somerset Police

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