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Ben, the Vancouver police horse, is retiring

Ben, the police horse, is retiring. (Source: Vancouver Police Department, Twitter)

Ben the horse, who served on Vancouver police's horse force for 10 years, is retiring

He served in some notable events during his career, including the Stanley Cup riots

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.

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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.”

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.