VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A police horse is hanging up his saddle.
Vancouver police are saying goodbye to one of their most prominent teammates: Ben, the horse. He’s been on the VPD horse force for 10 years, but it’s come time for him to retire. Friday was his last day on the job.
In a video posted to twitter, Constable Maria Irving says Ben was the biggest horse on the team.
“Ben’s going to retire with a family who’s going to give him a lot of attention, spend a lot of time grooming and playing games with him,” she says. “He’s going to have a big open field, some horse friends, and he’s going to go on the occasional trail ride.”
Congratulations on your #Retirement Ben!
Check out this video about #PoliceHorse Ben! This guy has so much personality! I have to admit, this video hits me right in the feels. ❤️❤️❤️
— Cst Anne-Marie Clark (@VPD2Fox15) November 2, 2018
He was purchased when he was three, and by the time he was five years old, Ben was one of the best horses on the force, according to police.
His career took him on several notable events, like the Stanley Cup riots.
— Damian Searwar (@DamianVPD) November 2, 2018