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Police horse and rider stood by the windy and sunny Welsh coast





June 2024


Metropolitan Police

A good groom!

Oliver Working

Oliver Retired

Meet Oliver, fondly known by his colleagues as ‘Oli Bobs’. This former Metropolitan Police Horse is a natural leader, having been an integral part of numerous high-profile and prestigious events. He has been a guiding force for novice riders, providing them with the confidence and skills needed to excel. Senior officers have frequently relied on Oliver for his steadfastness and reliability, especially during public order and ceremonial events. His bravery is unparalleled, as he has fearlessly protected crowds during various football matches, rugby tournaments, music concerts, protests, and marches across Greater London.

Oliver’s career extends to royal ceremonial events, gun salutes, royal carriage escorts, army and cavalry escorts, and even funeral processions for notable figures such as the late Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Margaret Thatcher. His participation in the Commonwealth Games procession and the Notting Hill Carnival further highlights his versatile and distinguished service. Ridden by esteemed figures such as ex-Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and senior officers during the Lord Mayor’s Show in 2023, Oliver’s presence has been a mark of honor and excellence.

Oliver is truly a horse full of character. His loving nature towards people and his fondness for affection make him a beloved companion. Known for his keen interest in people and exceptional ability to search for food and treats, Oliver’s personality shines brightly. His bravery is complemented by his calm demeanor, as he remains unbothered in the face of potential challenges. While he sometimes doesn’t know his own size, he remained polite and very well-mannered, making him a delight to work around.

Beyond his duties in law enforcement and ceremonial roles, Oliver has also played a significant part in community engagement. He has entertained crowds at youth centres, school visits, community fairs, engagement events, public order open days, and recruitment events. His presence has brought joy and a sense of security to many, whether patrolling crime hotspots in central London or engaging with tourists and the public.

Kissing Spine syndrome meant that Oliver was no longer able to be ridden and perform his police horse duties. Because of this, the Met’s Mounted Branch decided that it was time to hang up Oliver’s saddle at the grand age of 18, after a career to be truly proud of.

Retirement Photo credits: Mick Wass

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