Read how Monty the crime-busting police horse is taking a well-earned retirement after eleven years on the force. – Global Animal

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Police horse Monty is about to start a quieter life at Bristol’s HorseWorld after 11 years as a crimebuster with the Avon and Somerset mounted section.

Monty has been one of the force’s best and most reliable horses, despite a reputation for unseating his riders while having some off-duty fun in Ashton Court. Putting in a buck or two when feeling the grass under his hooves has caught out all his jockeys.

The 17-year-old shire-cross gelding was bought from a local farmer and arrived at the mounted section at Bower Ashton in July 1999.

He was named after the section’s late farrier Monty Ball, who shod the police horses for more than 50 years and whose son, Andrew, has continued the role.

During his career, Monty has policed towns and cities across the force area, and been called up to help at major events such as the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London and the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at Windsor. He has also been on duty at the Glastonbury Festival and has been a regular at football matches.

Monty is due to move to HorseWorld at Whitchurch on Wednesday, when officers will also hand over a cheque for £600 raised at an open day at Bower Ashton.