The latest horses recruited into the Police Scotland’s mounted branch have been named
after Hebridean islands.
Harris - whose name was chosen by an online vote - is a brown Clydesdale, 4 1/2 years
old, 17 hands high. He has now successfully completed his 28-day assessment.
A police spokesman said he has “a very laid-back character so is quickly becoming
a firm favourite with everyone at the stables.”
At around 16.2 hands tall, Lewis is the smallest horse in the police service and
is said to have lots of potential.
He is described as being “lovely, quiet but very happy boy who has taken to the job
like a duck to water.”
Police horses normally undertake a three hour stint when on general patrol.
The mounted unit is also used at events where they are needed for crowd control and
help with the safety of people such as at football matches, parades and concerts
where their height gives an advantage.
Police horses Harris and Lewis Photos: Police Scotland