In a welcome move for a few retired Thoroughbred racehorses, a few have found a second livelihood where they can shine. These ex-runners have been retrained as police horses after their racehorse careers ended. The open positions for the Thoroughbreds are very limited, however. But a number of them have become valuable crime fighters and equine officers in the bid city of Chicago.
All police departments that make use of horses on the force get their horses in a variety of ways. Many prefer heavy horses like drafts horses or crosses to carry out the police work.
The Chicago Police Department, however, has always sought out either Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses, or even the crosses of these two breeds. It is their belief that the easiest transition to police work and mounted patrols is made by the ex-racehorse. They are able to handle crowd control and the noise of the city streets in stride since they are well used to such conditions from the racetrack.
My source for this enlightening article is the Paulick Report. Their Scott Jagow and Natalie Voss stopped to visit the Chicago mounted police and interviewed and brought back the wonderful YouTube video of their chat and the horses. It clearly documents how valuable the animals are to the Police Department and how important they are to their work.
In the video, we meet the horses and a few of their human partners. Together, they make up a remarkable team who protect and serve Chicago whenever and for whatever might occur in the big city.
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