Police horse Tommy grazed for ‘not perfect’ at his job

Tommy Tankersley, now for sale 'no fault of his own'

Tommy Tankersley, now for sale ‘no fault of his own’

After four years of performing traffic duties and helping officers keep the people of South Yorkshire safe, Tommy may have guessed that the police horse promotion would line up for the equine equivalent.

But instead, the seven-year-old Irish castrated is thrown into the grass for not being “perfect” in his duties.

The sad end of his police career came after South Yorkshire Police decided he might be better suited to a civilian life.

The Agency is now looking for a new owner to offer Tommy Tankersley a home away from the stress of frontline law enforcement duties.

On his appeal, the police department said: “Tommy is for sale through no fault of his own, but he is not perfect as a police horse so we need to find him a new home.”

Tommy has become a familiar sight on the streets of South Yorkshire over the past few years.

Tommy has become a familiar sight on the streets of South Yorkshire over the past few years.

Officially known as Police Horse Tankersley, Tommy has become a familiar sight on the streets of South Yorkshire over the past few years, and was seen patrolling downtown Barnsley last year and at the Rugby League World Cup match in Sheffield last year.

Mounted Sergeant Collette Pitcher described her as “a beautiful, gentle horse with impeccable manners on the ground and on horseback”, “who patrols regularly and is safe in traffic”.

Tommy had surgery for the lockdown, which may have made him less suited to the rigors of regular patrols on paved surfaces.

The knee joint has a locking mechanism designed to allow the horse to sleep standing up and is not intended to be locked while the horse is walking or exercising.

The Horse Trust, which helps care for retired police horses, said physical and emotional problems with a horse can occur after several years in service.

Tommy has been described as a 'beautiful'

Tommy has been described as a ‘beautiful’

“They have to be brave and strong and sometimes it seems that the horse is no longer the right fit for the job,” said Jeanette Allen, CEO of the Horse Trust.

16-hand PH Tankersley has been described as needing “advanced training” when it comes to jumping technique.

She was recently photographed in her barn with PC Michelle Hudson after she completed her mounted police trainers course and gained a local following on social media like her colleagues and fans described her as “beautiful”.

Just last month, the Force lost one of their old horses, Billy, after suffering complications from an attack of colic and having to put him to sleep.

Mounted officers say their horses, which take more than six months to train, can help them connect with the public even in tense situations.

After visiting the force’s Ring Farm Stables in Barnsley, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Billings said: “Aside from their very effective role in things like crowd control, they are also really good at dealing with the public.

“Officers have been telling me that people are much more likely to come and talk to them while on horseback. That way they gather a lot of useful intelligence.”

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