Lochearn, or affectionately nicknamed ‘Ernie’, was acquired by the Metropolitan Police Service in 2008 as a 5 year old. He was trained at Imber Court before being posted to Hammersmith stables to continue his training. Unfortunately, despite being brave in heavy traffic and nuisances, Lochearn had a fear of large crowds and found it very stressful to stand still with thousands of people surrounding him. It was decided that Lochearn was not going to make it as an ‘operational’ police horse, however he was a talented horse in the riding school.
Lochearn returned to Imber Court where he was used as a ‘class’ horse, where student officers learnt to ride. During this time, Lochearn also represented the Met Police show jumping team at Royal Windsor Horse Show and was the Inspector’s mount on the Activity Ride for many years.
As Lochearn started to slow down, he was moved from the class and was used as an ‘escort’ horse, helping to settle the young horses training on the roads.
He is very much the wise, calm old man and was a firm favourite at Imber Court and will be a huge loss, however he deserves a long and happy retirement.