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Meet Jubilee, Police Horse at the Mounted Section

Jubilee, tells us about his typical day as a police horse and gives us an insight into life outside of the force.

What do you do?

I’m a 17.3hh, 11 year old Shire Cross dark bay gelding currently employed as a Police Horse and I live at Bower Ashton with 10 colleagues.

Describe your typical day/shift.
I get woken up at 7am everyday by one of the grooms at Bower Ashton, they make my breakfast and make my bed. Breakfast consists of chaff & nuts, it’s no ‘full English’ but I like it. Once this is done my allocated rider comes on duty and we go out on patrol or police football matches and other large events.

What makes you proud to work for Avon & Somerset Constabulary?
Lots of people send me letters and tell me what a great job I’m doing when they see me. My pictures also get lots of likes on Twitter and Facebook.

What’s the best bit of your job?
Everybody wants to cuddle me or tickle my chin and I’m a selfie magnet.
I also get free entry to Glastonbury Festival.

And the worst?
Rain, horse flies and of course ‘why the long face’ joke, funny the first time but not anymore.

Police Horse Jubilee

How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Handsome, brave and big!

What’s been your career highlight so far?
Meeting and being named by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012.

If you had a super power – what would it be?
To be able to talk. For example: Member of public, ‘Can I stroke your horse officer?’ My Rider, ‘Yes of course’.
Every time! What about me, some days I’m just not in the mood.

Tell us your most embarrassing moment at work?
My rider and I were at a rather large display in front of lots of people, my rider got excited, I got caught up in the moment and we both fell over. Neither of us were hurt but both slightly embarrassed.

What’s on your ipod at the moment?
Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones, Horse Power by The Chemical Brothers, White Horses by Taylor Swift and the list goes on.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Nobody, I’m 17.3hh and weigh about three quarters of a tonne, that takes some up keep and I’m afraid there’s no room for sharing.

If you could swap lives with someone for the day, who would it be?
My Rider, although he’s good I think he would benefit from the role reversal.

Tell us a secret.
My rider thinks that sometimes my brakes don’t work, they do. I just enjoy the momentary look of panic on his face.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Police Dog (They get driven around).

What would be the title of your biography/autobiography?
He came, he saw, he ate carrots, lots of carrots.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to juggle.

You’ve just become ruler of the universe - what are the first three things you’d do?
Secure the future of Animals in Policing (Horses and Dogs)
Remove VAT from mints and carrots.
Have the day off…

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