Retired police horse available for adoption at HorseWorld

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By HorseWorld | Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 16:03

A handsome ex-police horse who dedicated 15 years of his life to protecting Avon and Somerset residents is available for adoption this Easter ... for just £20.

Imperial was retired from the Avon and Somerset Police Mounted section last month, moving to his new home, HorseWorld at Whitchurch (just off the A37).

The 19 year-old bay gelding met over 6,000 visitors in one week when he first took centre stage at the HorseWorld Visitor Centre during February half-term. His popularity led staff there to make him available on the charity's adoption scheme.

For the last few weeks he has spent time at the charity's behind-closed-doors welfare centre with dozens of other horses, but he is getting ready for another outing to meet members of the public during the Easter holiday (31 March to 15 April).

"By adopting the impressive Imperial, you could have a new best friend," said Kim Goddard, Marketing Co-ordinator.

"You'll receive a cuddly soft-toy replica of this handsome horse, an invitation to his birthday party; regular updates on his progress, a car sticker, and a colour adoption certificate.

"You will also know that your money is helping to pay for the continuing care of Imperial and all the other animals at HorseWorld."

Nowadays HorseWorld focuses most of its resources on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses, ponies and donkeys. However, the charity was originally set up in 1952 to take in retired working horses – just like Imperial.

"At any one time, we have around 140 horses, ponies and donkeys in our care," added Kim Goddard. "Most are being rehabilitated and trained at our welfare yard, which is closed to the public. The animals' wellbeing is our top priority. We carefully assess them and only those with a suitable temperament, or at the right stage of their development, are brought to meet the public at the Visitor Centre."

A further addition to the adoption scheme this Easter is Frank. He is a hinny, which is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey. Frank will also be at the Visitor Centre during the school Easter break and is available to adopt for just £20.

People who would like to adopt Imperial, Frank or any of the other animals available in the scheme (including Nazia the Shetland pony, Pickle-Lily the donkey and heavy horse Gracie-May) can do so at the Whitchurch Visitor Centre by calling 01275 893030, or online at horseworld.org.uk

Imperial and Frank will be available for adoption from Saturday 31 March.

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