Nine Horses and Ponies continue the next stage of their Recovery Journey at The Horse…
The Horse Trust is delighted to welcome back one of our former residents, Chiswick. He originally came to us for several months respite back in February 2012. However, after 12 years’ service, he is now permanently retiring from the Metropolitan Police.
Chiswick has shown exceptional bravery during his career. In particular during the student riots in 2010, when he climbed the steps of the Cenotaph to remove protesters from one the nation’s most beloved war memorials. 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. It has to be said he has done it all from being an action hero to movie star.
Chiswick is a real character and can be quite naughty. Police Officer Mick Wass, who rode Chiswick during his time at the Met, 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, Mick managed to jump off just in time. Unfortunately, Chiswick was wearing his brand new £1,000 saddle, which ended up covered in sand and scratches. When speaking about him, Mick said that “Chiswick has always liked to think he is the one in charge, but he has always looked after me.”
Chiswick is well known for his destructive tendencies. During his respite here in February he managed to destroy seven fences in the fields, which prompted his former rider Mick to set up a direct debit to help towards repairing Chiswick’s ‘remodelled’ fences. We are currently rebuilding The Home of Rest for Horses, so please donate today to our development project and help us set up an extra maintenance fund for all of the damage that Chiswick is sure to cause.