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Largest police horse in the UK gets respite at The Horse Trust

On Wednesday, Titan made the 35-mile journey from the Thames Valley Police stables at Witan Gate, Milton Keynes to The Horse Trust’s sanctuary in Speen, Buckinghamshire.

According to Shirley Abbott, Yard Manager at The Horse Trust, the journey and new surroundings didn’t phase Titan. “Titan settled in straight away in a paddock at The Horse Trust. All the staff have already fallen in love with him as he’s such a handsome and impressive chap,” said Shirley.

Titan will remain in quarantine for a few days, but will then be reunited with his former Thames Valley Police horse friends Iceni and Dexter, who retired to The Horse Trust three and five years ago respectively.

* Titan is the largest known police horse among the 16 police forces in the UK that have a Mounted branch.

The Thames Valley Police Mounted Section, which was established in 1985, plays a pivotal role in public order and mainstream policing. It is staffed by one sergeant, eight full-time police officers and four police grooms. At present, there are nine horses in the Mounted Section.

The majority of the Mounted Section’s work and time is dedicated to providing high-visibility patrols. The section has been deployed in all of the main towns and cities across the Force area, and also in many smaller towns and villages. Each of its horseboxes is fully self-contained, allowing the section to park and operate in rural areas. The section also provides a mounted response to planned events involving large crowds or spontaneous public disorder in Thames Valley. This includes policing football matches at four grounds in the Force area and helping to maintain public order and safety at demonstrations and marches.

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