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Met Police Horses and Mounted Officers Visit Canons.

Our Year 7 students were thrilled when they were visited by a couple of magnificent Metropolitan Police Horses and their mounted officers on 24th April.

It was a beautiful sunny day as our students met and chatted with our special visitors from The Mounted Branch of the Met Police on the field at the back of our school.  The Officers explained a bit about their role and their specialist police work, whilst attempting to answer the many and sometimes unusual questions which our curious students presented them with.

"When will it [the horse] die?"  Horses actually live for 25-30 years, but police horses would be taken out of active service and then retired long before that. They usually enjoy a long and happy horsey retirement. Older, more experienced horses are also used to help train young horses.

"Does it have a weak spot?" Horses are very resilient but do have their lower legs and tails bandaged for protection if being used on a potentially hazardous operation. They can also wear special riot gear, including a face guard and a toughened perspex eye visor.

"Is it easy just sitting on a horse all day?"  The officers were keen to dispel the myth that being a mounted officer was a 'lazy' choice. Part of a mounted officers job is to care for the horses, including feeding, cleaning, both the horse and the 'tack' (saddle, reins etc), and of course, mucking out when back at their stables!

Police Horses give officers a highly visible vantage point when out on duty, whilst also presenting a calm but assertive image.

Horses are chosen for their temperament and how they handle crowds, traffic and loud noise.

It was an experienced black police horse called 'Oliver' that rode as Pointer, at the very front of the enormous procession at the funeral of our late Queen Elizabeth II.

Many students, and staff, really enjoyed touching and stroking the horses, with their riders permission of course. It's not often you get to see horses in this day and age, let alone be close to one and be able to place your hands on it. 


Our young students demonstrated great maturity and sensitivity around the horses and were really engaged, loving every minute.

Special thanks to our visitors, those with two and four legs, to Ms Marrey, Head of Year 7 for organising all the individual tutor groups' visit times, to Ms Gorasia for arranging the visit in the first place and to our Site  Manager Mr J Patterson for all his help and support throughout.

Foot (Hoof) Note - Our students made some lovely thank you cards which they signed and sent off to the visitors. Some for the Police Officers and some for the horses.