Police horse Pilot trots on to retirement after career on the beat

Pc Tony Preece with Max, aka Pilot.
Pc Tony Preece with Max, aka Pilot.
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Brave Northumbria police horse Pilot has swapped patrols at the Wear-Tyne derby for a quiet life in the hills.

Pilot, stable name Max, has arrived at The Horse Trust on a foggy evening after a long journey from Northumbria Police Force.

Max, forth on the left, pictured during a Northumbria Police training session.

Max, forth on the left, pictured during a Northumbria Police training session.

The trust says the 17hh Clydesdale Cross has great presence and a remarkably sweet nature.

The 20-year-old loyal public servant has been in the police for eight years.

When he joined the police Max was a very bold horse who in civilian life had a real penchant for galloping along the wide open beaches of the beautiful Northumbrian coast.

His riders noted that he was always the first horse to lead and the last to be pulled up as he loved galloping so much, with a particular fondness for Druridge Bay.

He settled quickly into his role with the police and throughout eight years’ service he never put a foot wrong.

He was involved in all types of duties, working the lively local football derbies, pop concerts, Remembrance Day parades and mass demonstrations.

As his former long term rider Pc Tony Preece said “He carried out his daily patrol duties with the ease and efficiency of the noble and polite gentleman he is.”

Jeanette Allen, chief executive of The Horse Trust, said: “Although formally retired Max will still have a part time job.

"He will be our school master, having a regular little plod around the village helping to teach our younger rescue horses who are being prepared for rehoming how to be brave and not be scared of everything from buses and bin lorries to the ever terrifying crisps packet floating on the breeze.

"With his incredibly calm and brave nature he will do a wonderful job as our elder statesman.”

The trust is based in the Chiltern Hills.