Tuesday, 06 June 2017
Children at Beech House were really excited to meet a pair of police horses and discover more about these working animals. Bumble and Steel, ridden by PCs Emma and Wendy, arrived in the playground and were greeted by a group of very enthusiastic infants.
They discovered from Emma that all of Manchester’s police horses are named after Charles Dickens characters and that it takes seven or eight years for a horse to train to be a police horse. She also talked about the work the horses do, often working as crowd control at football matches but also at demonstrations and other large gatherings in the city centre, and how a small number of police horses can achieve results. Emma and Wendy also demonstrated, with a little help from a member of the grounds staff, how they apprehend someone on horseback.
The children were delighted to help Bumble and Steel with some additional training, telling them to move left, right and backwards. However, it was a bit scary when Emma and Wendy demonstrated how they help to disperse crowds on horseback by riding towards them and telling them to move, either forwards or sideways!
All of the children had the opportunity to pat or stroke Bumble or Steel at the end of their visit. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to find out how police horses help to keep people safe.
Earlier this year, the Junior Girls’ School sponsored Bumble after building up a relationship with the local police force through the charity Retrak, which both the police and the Junior Girls support. The girls have received a plaque, information pack and will get regular updates about Bumble’s life as a police horse.
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