MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Deputies on horseback have been working the streets of Broward County for more than 20 years.
BSO’s mounted patrol has been lead by a special horse that has not only helped keep Broward County safe, but has also helped train mounted officers.
Greystoke is a 20-year-old Percheron gelding that has been with BSO’s mounted unit for 14 years.
“He’s probably the sweetest horse that we have. He’s easy going and anybody can ride him,” said Deputy Michael Catalano who worked with Grey for 6 years.
The 2,000 pound horse has patrolled neighborhoods, city streets and taken part in parades.
But what sets the animal apart from other law enforcement horses is the skills he helps build for mounted officers in training.
Deputies say he’s gentle and friendly with all of his riders.
“Most horses have little vises here and there just like people, but Grey really doesn’t,” said Sgt Daniel Marks who has worked with Grey on and off for 12 years.
Tuesday Grey will be hanging his saddle and leaving the BSO stables in Southwest Ranches for a new home in Central Florida. The horse will join other retired law enforcement horses at the Mill Creek Farm in Alachua.
“He’s given it his all, said Sgt Marks. He has to carry us deputies around on his back and walk in big crowds and work, he’s a deputy.”
Marks said Grey will now get to spend the rest of his days grazing in endless green pastures.
“He deserves a perfect retirement,” said Marks.